Communication between staff and student contacts is vital to the success of any student's education. Brightwheel makes it simple with a suite of easy-to-use built-in Messaging tools on the web and mobile app. Communicate directly with all of the teachers the student interacts with daily or to the administrators at a program by sending instant messages and getting notified of replies in the brightwheel mobile app.
Access to Messages
The ability to view and send messages in brightwheel varies depending on the type of student contact the user has been set up as by the provider.
Parent Contacts - Have full access to all messages sent by any student contact listed on their child's profile or staff member regarding that student.
Family Contacts - Can send messages to the provider, but are unable to view any inbound messages.
Approved Pickups & Emergency Contacts - No access to any messaging tools or features.
To improve communication and make messages more readable for all parties, brightwheel offers five different message types for student contacts. When selecting any message type other than General, the first line of the message will be bolded with that message type to help indicate to teachers and staff the subject of the message.
View and Send Messages
Parents will see two message threads for students.
One thread is for communications between you and all staff assigned to your student's classroom, including staff and admins.
The other thread is for communications between you and Admins only - staff won't see this message thread.
The two threads will be present on the Messaging page on the web and mobile app even if no previous message history exists yet, This serves as a way for you to initiate a message conversation if needed!
Send on the Web
Send on the App
Newsletters are a specific message type that teachers and administrators can use to create longer and more in-depth updates about the provider and their activities. These messages will display with the bolded message type Newsletter with the title of the newsletter. Tap or click on that message to view the entirety of the newsletter.