Paper permission slips can be hard to work with. Students have to do the work of taking them home to you, and any parent knows that paperwork is likely to get lost or damaged in children’s backpacks. Then, your children then have to get a wet signature (i.e., a physical signature on paper) from you and ferry the physical copy back to school themselves. At the end of that, the school has to be responsible for maintaining physical records.
Electronic documents can easily solve those problems. Instead of relying on students as couriers, parents and legal guardians like you can just check their email for a message from the teacher. You can sign documents on your phone and maintain your own electronic copy of the permission slip. That way, everyone involved has access to all of the information it entails — and teachers, school staff, and chaperones have access to your number and emergency contact information from their mobile devices. In the event that someone needs to look up a number or reach out to you, the information is just clicks away.
Also, if a school ever needs to create a new permission slip, it’s easy to edit a PDF and adapt text in an existing PDF form into a new one for you to fill out. A school can also convert a scan of a previous paper form into an editable PDF. Digital permission slips also make it easier for parents to add notes and additional information. For instance, if a child needs medication at a specific time or has other particular needs, digital forms have all the space in the world for those notes.
Once all that’s taken care of, your kids are ready to go beyond the four walls of their school. With permission slips in hand, teachers and chaperones can show them art galleries, natural wonders, centers of science and industry, and everything else the world outside the classroom has to offer.