What it means: Items marked as Staff Only are not sent to parents. You will see these items when viewing student feeds as a staff member. When parents go to their child's feed, these items will not appear.
Why it's useful: This is great for assessments, observations, and private communication amongst staff members about student learning and behaviors.
Admin Approval feature: Staff Only is also a great way to enable admin approval of posts for those schools that desire this functionality. When teachers mark a post as Staff Only, the admin can simply later remove this designation to publish items to a student's feed.
Here's how to enable and use this feature:
From the app:
- Click "Admin Tools"
- Select "School Profile"
- Turn on the "Default Activities to Staff Only" setting.
- Click Save
Then when a staff member posts any activity for a child it will be set to "Staff Only."
Then review these activities from the web portal:
- Select a Room
- Click the "Feed" tab
- Toggle on "Staff Only"
- Review activities and check mark the ones you wish to approve
- Click the "Approve" button.
Then these approved activities will be available for parents to see.
Watch the Admin approval tutorial video here: