Orah Academy > Getting Started with Orah > Orah 101 > Orah for School Communications

Orah for School Communications

In this lesson, we'll show you how to effectively use Orah Connect to improve communication between staff, students, and parents.

What You'll Learn:

  • Setting Up Communications: How to configure and use Orah Connect for various communication needs.
  • Using Broadcasts: Sending bulk messages via email, SMS, and push notifications.
  • Managing Chat: Facilitating secure and efficient communication within the school community.
  • Automating Notifications: Setting up workflows for automated communications.

Steps to Get Started

After you sign up for Orah, these are the steps you can expect to get started with Orah Connect. If you have not already, please get a demo with our team and they can get you set up with a trial.

1. Configure Orah Connect

Integrate Orah with your SIS: Ensure that Orah is connected to your Student Information System (SIS) to pull in accurate data for students and associated contacts. This integration helps in sending targeted messages and managing communication workflows seamlessly.

2. Using Broadcasts and Alerts

Broadcasts: Use the Broadcast feature to send messages to specific groups based on filters such as class, grade, or location. This is ideal for sending updates, reminders, or announcements to large groups without the hassle of managing multiple platforms​.

Alerts: Set up real-time alerts to inform students, parents, and staff about important events or changes. Alerts can be customized to go out via email, SMS, or push notifications, ensuring timely and effective communication.

3. Managing P2P Chat

Secure Chat: Orah Connect provides a secure chat feature that allows staff to communicate directly with students and parents. This reduces the reliance on external messaging apps and keeps all communication within a secure, centralized platform​.

4. Automating Communications

Workflows: Set up automated workflows to handle routine communications, such as attendance notifications or event reminders. Workflows can be triggered based on specific criteria, ensuring that messages are sent out without manual intervention, saving time and reducing errors​.

One-Click Responses: Enable one-click responses for parents and students to acknowledge receipt of messages or confirm attendance, making it easier to track engagement and follow up as needed​.

5. Training and Support

User Training: Provide training for staff and students on how to use Orah Connect. Make use of Orah's resources, such as webinars, tutorials, and support guides, to ensure everyone is comfortable with the platform​.

Support and Feedback: Encourage users to provide feedback and reach out to Orah's support team for any issues or questions. Continuous feedback helps improve the platform and address any challenges quickly​.

Why choose Orah Connect?

School communications in one place: Consolidate all school communications into one secure platform, reducing confusion and improving efficiency.

Targeted messaging: Use filters and integration with SIS data to send precise messages to the right audience at the right time.

Increased family engagement: Keep students, parents, and staff informed and engaged with timely updates and easy-to-use communication tools.

Automated your processes: Save time and reduce errors with automated workflows for routine communications.

For more information, visit the Orah Connect page or get a demo to explore how Orah can transform your school's communication strategy.

The next lesson is: 
Congratulations! That's the end of this course.
Go to next lessonBack to Orah Academy

Lesson Checklist

Because Orah Academy does not require you to sign in, we cannot track your course progress at this time. Please download this Google Doc template to keep track of your progress in this course.

Configure Orah Connect
Set Up and Test Broadcasts and Alerts
Implement and Train

Feeling stuck?

Contact support

See something you like?

With Orah, you are equipped to meet and exceed your duty of care. Talk to us today to see how Orah can work at your school.

Get a demo