Rockford Public Schools will launch an electronic flyer communication tool called Peachjar this week. Schools will offer flyers from community organizations to parents/guardians through a paperless system for district-approved flyers. In short, it means no more papers lost in backpacks, lockers or folders.
Parents/guardians will receive district-approved flyers via email from Peachjar starting March 24. Parents/guardians can also view flyers – the same flyers principals and school staff would normally send home in folders or backpacks – on each school’s website homepage. Look for the orange “Peachjar” button (see below). All RPS 205 schools will have that new button on their site by March 24.
How it works: There’s no cost to the school or district. Peachjar charges a fee to community organizations that want to distribute district-approved flyers in RPS 205 schools through Peachjar’s paperless system. District leaders hope the cost will be comparable to the manpower organizations spend making copies, bundling flyers into groups and driving around town to distribute flyers. Flyers for school or PTO-sponsored events or activities will be made available through Peachjar at no cost to the school.
“We’re excited about this new green initiative, and we hope it will better serve our families and the organizations that support Rockford Public Schools,” said Chief of Communications Earl Dotson, Jr.
Principals and office professionals were given information about the new system last week to share with families. Community organizations that regularly distribute materials to RPS 205 schools have also been notified of the change.
Community organizations can register as an “Enrichment or Community Organization” via Peachjar.com. After submitting a flyer electronically to Peachjar and selecting schools for distribution, it will be automatically routed to the RPS 205 Communications Department for approval. Once approved, a flyer will be emailed to parents who have their email address on file with that school’s main office staff. It will also be available on each selected school website.
Learn more at peachjar.com.