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K-12 Districts Rising to the Challenge of the Digital Era

By Laurie VanDoezelaar, K-12 Director | Upland Document Workflow Cloud

For many industries, it’s been a challenging spring as we’ve moved to a largely remote workforce. But for educators and administrators specifically, adjusting to a remote-learning climate complicates the challenge. On top of serving students and their families, you have to find ways to keep “business as usual” processes going while campuses and facilities are shut down. Staff who are working remotely have a whole new laundry list of items to consider just to get through their to-dos each day.

How have you and your colleagues fared over the last several months? What sort of automated practices does your district already have in place for back-office work? Are certain tasks being hindered by outdated manual ways of doing things? How could reliable digital solutions help you achieve more of the important work you do? 

Whatever the “new normal” is going to be, there’s no question that districts that have digital processes in place are going to be better prepared moving forward. So why not rise to the challenge?

Automating processes around important tasks such as student enrollment and records, personnel documentation and training, resource requests, and vendor management gives your district flexibility. Work that sometimes may take days, or even weeks, can be reduced to hours. Not only that, but tasks that have been digitized can be performed automatically and accessed from anywhere. 

Here are just a handful of smart ways you can put automated solutions in place:

  • Personal Activity Reports (PARs) for certified employees paid with Federal Title I funds
  • Vendor and employee contracting
  • Personnel Action Forms (PAFs)
  • Transcript requests
  • Invoice approvals
  • On-boarding/off-boarding
  • Student safety and anti-bullying/harassment alerts

Transforming processes at your district allows you to focus on what really matters – providing students and their families with the best services and resources possible. When district staff has less on their plate, they are empowered to focus more of their time on providing students, families, and the community at large with more high-value outcomes.

Theres no going back to our old business climate, but these changes can give us an excellent opportunity to growAs you prepare for the next academic year, now is the time to focus on the many ways that a comprehensive Digital Transformation strategy can help your district to streamline your internal processes. That way, next year your staff will have the distinct advantage of more time and more reliable processes.

We want to help you to change and conquer new challenges by aligning processes to meet the technological needs demanded by the future workforce. If you’re ready to learn more, watch our on-demand webinar to see FileBound in action and hear from a district already finding success with our solutions. Then schedule a demo and we can walk through the many possibilities.

Laurie VanDoezelaar is K-12 Director at Upland Software and brings nearly 15 years of experience in the K-12 sphere to the team.

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