Additional Fee Adjustment Flexibility Helps Teachers and School Staff

With the constant adding and dropping of classes throughout the school year, schools need flexibility with adding, editing or removing fees. In the February development release, ActivityRight is helping teachers and school staff by providing more control over fee assignment on existing Activities.  

A student can decide to change their timetable to add a course after the school year starts. Previously, staff added the Fee Item to that Student by creating a separate Activity (as there was no way to edit and add a fee item). Now, the Fee Items are adjusted easily from within the same Activity, allowing Staff to make changes as necessary without having to manage a single student in a separate Activity. 

For example, a student might already be taking band and drama but wants to add additional activities, such as painting. If the painting course includes a fee, ActivityRight administrative users can now edit and add the painting fee item to a single participant. 

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ActivityRight January Feature Enhancement

In January of 2022, ActivityRight released a feature development, changing the default Activity notification. This setting now requires administrative users to select the date and time to notify parents when creating a form or activity.  

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Two ActivityRight Upgrades to Improve the User Experience

Based on customer feedback, ActivityRight has made improvements to features that help administrative users locate and sort reoccurring activity forms and templates from their administrative dashboard.  

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Easily Sort and Locate Activity Forms and Templates with ActivityRight

Based on customer feedback, ActivityRight has made improvements to features that help administrative users locate and sort reoccurring activity forms and templates from their administrative dashboard.  

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ActivityRight Adds Improved Fee Reports for Staff and Teachers

With the September 2021 development release, staff and teachers using ActivityRight have improved controls over fee reports as part of ongoing payment adjustment development.  

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Collect E-Signatures for Any Event

At key points throughout the school year, activity organizers require a parent’s consent or to have someone signify they have read a notice. In the past, a form or notice was sent home with the expectation that a parent reads it and sends it back with a signature. 

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ActivityRight’s Summer 2021 Development Release Adds Ability to Send Reminders to Parents

ActivityRight users can now send custom email reminders to parents and families regarding upcoming activities such as bus passes going on sale, an upcoming field trip, or canceling an event.  

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Spring 2021 Release: Advanced Payment and Permissions Deadline Management

ActivityRight’s Spring 2021 development release reduces the amount of manual work that parents, school staff, and district administrators conduct related to payments, permissions deadlines, and reporting. 

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3 Reasons to Consider Digital Payments for School Activity Fees

About 3 in 10 Americans make zero cash purchases each week. The wallets of those who do carry cash usually contain less than $50. Parents are no exception. Paying fees in cash may delay payments and waste everyone’s time. Yet, many schools continue to accept checks and other forms of payment, despite security risks associated with these payment methods. Seventy-one percent of companies that accept checks have experienced fraud or attempted fraud, and returned checks are a common challenge. Some schools have no option for online payments, delaying payments and potentially affecting enrollment. Switching to digital payments can swiftly lower costs, improve the parents’ experience when paying school activity fees, and reduce or eliminate the costs of check processing.

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6 Benefits of Providing Cashless Payment Alternatives for School Activity Fees

Online Payment Basics 

Schools that switch to digital payments should embrace a centralized digital payment system so that all funds route through the same place, regardless of how or when someone pays. A quality digital payment system can still track cash payments, so there’s no need for a piecemeal approach that cobbles together several different apps. With a single system, schools reduce the risk of security issues and lost data.

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