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Spotlight: Sioux Falls School District

By Jill Lubow

In Fall 2017, Kinvolved launched a four-school partnership with Sioux Falls School District, a South Dakota school system serving twenty-five thousand students. The partnership quickly helped the district improve their relationships with families.

“It’s important to make parents feel special, and KiNVO makes it easy to do that. As a result, parents who were once disengaged now feel like our school is home. These relationships support us when we need to have difficult conversations—we are a true partner to our families in these circumstances, not a consequence.”

—Jayne Zeilinsk, Principal, Sioux Falls School District

 

The pilot unrolled in four stages:

  1. Engage with Kinvolved’s professional services team through strategy and information sessions to identify attendance needs and pain points; set up KiNVO to address the district’s primary objectives.
  2. Conduct a needs assessment to understand the barriers to student attendance.
  3. Launch KiNVO’s two-way, translated messaging tool to engage families.
  4. Roll out KiNVO’s attendance focused features; send attendance digests to families; conduct strategic interventions with target students.

As a result of careful planning and a staged rollout, every pilot school increased attendance rates and experienced positive shifts in their relationships with families.

Read more about the impact and results in Sioux Falls School District

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