Scoil Eoin Balloonagh is a day primary school situated in southern Ireland. The school dates back to 1854 and has 682 students from 521 households. The school staff includes a principal, deputy principal, 24 mainstream class teachers and twelve teachers for pupils with special educational needs.
Adopting the AppierSchool app has led to a significant reduction in costs relating to parent communications, measurable time saved on the preparation of correspondence, and a visible reduction in paperwork.
The Need: A cost effective and reliable communication channel
The initial attraction of the AppierSchool app to Scoil Eoin was the potential for savings in communication costs. For a school of 682 students from 521 households, the cost of text messages and postage can amount to a considerable sum over the course of a school year. Alternative channels of communication are often used, but these can have drawbacks of their own.
Post: At €1 per stamp the costs can be prohibitive and it takes a number of days to deliver.
SMS Text messaging: Costs do vary, but an average of €0.04 per text could equate to a considerable amount if it is used often.
Notes given to children to deliver home: Frequently lost or mislaid.
One headmaster stated that he believes it takes the average note 2 days to make it home to their parents.
Social Media: The lack of privacy can be an issue for some parents and schools. In addition, there have been a number of instances where comments by parents to posts by the school have caused offence.
For someone who usually dislikes change it’s great to have to adopt a new initiative that actually saves me time
The solution: A safe, secure and affordable App
By partnering with Appierschool, Scoil Eoin have been provided with a simple to use, dedicated communications channel that surpassed the school’s initial requirement.
A dedicated communication channel between the school and parents.
Cost effective in comparison to traditional channels, such as post and text messaging, the app is significantly cheaper over time.
Provides real time communication.
Reliability. Unlike letters delivered by children, the app delivers messages direct to parents. This can include homework, and notification of events within a calendar.
The Budget: Net Gain For Schools
There are 682 students in the school from 521 households.
There are 4 letters posted home in a month. A stamp costs €1, an envelope is approx. €0.03 and a sheet of paper is approx. €0.01.
The cost of a text message is €0.04 and 4 messages are sent in a month.
There are 4 notes sent home each week at a cost of €0.01 per family (sheet of paper).
There are 183 days in the school year which is equal to 9 months.
Based on these assumptions the annual cost of contacting parents will be €6,877.20. This does not include the cost of printing, the time spent on preparation of the material or the additional costs incurred in text messages that go over the allowable work count.
The cost of the app is a once off €400 to cover construction and €600 per annum in maintenance and fees (inc. VAT). This is a net saving of €6,877.20 in year one and €6,277.20 every year thereafter.
Once the app went live the administration staff of Scoil Eoin Balloonagh discovered additional benefits which included
Reduction in cost.
Fewer phone call queries into the office.
Significant time saved in preparation of materials sent out. Less photocopying, less folding paper, less stuffing envelopes.
Scoil Eoin used to buy 6 boxes (30 Reams) of paper per month for administration. They have not needed to purchased paper in the last month.
Administration staff have found the app a great way of keeping a record of communication gone home to parents/guardians.