When adding contacts for students, you are given 4 options: Parent, Family, Approved Pickup, and Emergency Contact. Each one has slightly different functions and privileges:

PLEASE NOTE:
Emergency contacts do NOT have pickup privileges. In case of an emergency, they will be contacted, however only parents, family, and approved pickups may check a child out.

Contacts and Access

Note that each Contact Type has a different level of access to a student's profile and brightwheel features.  

Parents:  

  • Can see all updates in the Daily Feed

  • Can access all Billing and Payment information

  • Can add or remove other adults from the child's profile

  • Can edit child's profile information

  • Can message the school, and receive messages in an inbox/sent box that is shared between only Schools and Parents

Family

  • Can see all updates in the Daily Feed

  • Cannot access all Billing and Payment information

  • Cannot add or remove other adults from the child's profile

  • Cannot edit child's profile information

  • Can message the school, but cannot receive messages from the school

Approved Pickups

  • Can update their personal contact information and check-in code

  • Cannot see all updates in the Daily Feed

  • Cannot access all Billing and Payment information

  • Cannot add or remove other adults from the child's profile

  • Cannot edit child's profile information

  • Cannot send or receive messages

Emergency Contacts

  • Has no access to the child's profile within brightwheel.  This is simply a reference for contact information.

  • Is the only Contact Type that does not get an invitation to join brightwheel upon being added

FAQ's

Parent: "My child's school messaged me but I am unable to access messaging. Why?"
Common scenario! The school has likely entered them as a family/approved pick up contact instead of Parent. The school needs to delete them, then add again as parent.

Teacher: "I sent a parent an invoice and they said they do not see it."
Again, very common. Please make sure that they've been added as a parent and not family/approved pick up.

"Why am I unable to view the child's feed? I was added as an Emergency Contact recently."
Emergency contacts do have not have visibility into students' feeds or profiles.

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