Tired of rifling through all those papers your child brings home from school? One metro school district is going to change that by going digital.
Rio Rancho schools are using a new program said to save the district thousands of dollars by not having to print out flyers, but still managing to keep parents in the know.
“You know with having a fifth grader, a boy especially, things get lost very easily,” parent Kassandra Barela said.
Rio Rancho Public Schools will soon be rolling out a new system called “Peachjar,” which will deliver school flyers to parents electronically — eliminating the waste of paper flyers.
“These flyers…are copied in our schools, which cost us quite a bit of money and copying costs,” said Michael Baker, RRPS Chief Operations Officer. “Then they’re stuffed in our students’ backpacks,” Baker explains, where they tend to get lost and never make it home.
“The flu shot vaccination form came home last week, which didn’t get to me until this morning,” Barela said. “So I had to immediately fill that out and make sure it got back to the school.”
The program, which costs the district nothing up front, will save them thousands. Rio Rancho is the first district in the state to use Peachjar.
On average, the system saves 84,000 sheets of paper a year, dramatically lowering paper waste and increasing parent-teacher communication.
“As you can imagine, all of the school sites that we have and all of the activities that are occurring, that generates a lot of paper,” Baker said. “Now they have direct access and they have full accountability of where all of these events are coming through the flyer system.”
Parents who KRQE News 13 spoke with are behind the idea.
“I think it’s convenient and probably better for the planet in terms of paper use, and I honestly always lose the stuff they bring home,” parent Sara Carter said.
Rio Rancho schools will automatically sign parents up with the information they have on file. Parents are able to opt out if they don’t want the notifications.
The information is available on the phone and on the web. If a family does not have access to a computer, they can go to the school to view the flyers.