SOURCE: pickAtime

March 07, 2005 12:44 ET

PickAtime Saves Schools Time and Improves Participation by Automating the Scheduling Process for Parent/Teacher Conferences

SAMMAMISH, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2005 -- PickAtime, an online appointment service, helps schools save time, money, and effort, while improving parent involvement, by allowing them to schedule conferences over the Internet.

PickAtime's Parent/Teacher Appointment System is for schools that set aside time periodically throughout the school year when parents come to the school to meet with their children's teachers. It allows the schools to publish the available time slots of teachers on their web site so that parents are able to book appointments over the Internet.

Once the school has configured their account for the upcoming set of conferences, they can put a link to the pickAtime system on their web site and notify parents to log in. The parents can get real-time access to teacher availability and will have the ability of arranging their own schedule with times that are most convenient for them. No additional effort is required of school staff and teachers can monitor their own schedules.

"I used pickAtime to schedule my daughters' conferences. It's wonderful," stated Melissa, parent at Howard High School, MD. "It was amazing at how easy it was at the school as well, much more organized. The parent volunteers had the print outs ready at the front door in case parents forgot them. Hopefully other schools will adopt the system as well."

"Prior to my arrival at WHS, appointment times were arranged manually over the phone and there was a 36% parent participation," said Tim Kutz, Assistant Principal, Woodstock High School, IL. "We made the switch to pickAtime and our parent participation increased to over 65%. We were hoping with an easier system for making appointment we'd have more, but we were stunned by the increase."

About pickAtime

PickAtime (www.pickatime.com) is an online appointment service that allows organizations such as schools, corporations, health clinics, and auto shops to publish available time slots on their web page so that students, parents, employees, patients, and customers are able to book appointments over the Internet. They were founded in 2000 and their first customer, a flu shot provider, has been using the system since 2001. The first school client started using the Parent/Teacher Appointment system in 2002. The industries and applications for pickAtime are virtually endless.

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