LOS ALTOS, Calif., Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In time for the 2016 Back to School season, the popular parent communication platform SimplyCircle launches its online payment service. Teachers and PTA leaders can now collect and track payments for field trips, classroom supplies, PTA dues, and school fundraisers.
"Most teachers and PTA leaders collect money from parents the old-fashioned way: via cash or checks. This process is inconvenient and time-consuming for both teachers and parents alike. SimplyCircle allows parents to pay online with a credit or debit card, or with PayPal. Teachers get paid instantly, so that they can get back to doing what they do best: teaching our children," says Dr. Elena Krasnoperova, Founder and CEO of SimplyCircle.
Dr. Krasnoperova is an online payments industry veteran, and a former executive at PayPal, Zong, and oDesk (now Upwork). SimplyCircle's new online payment collection feature uses PayPal, and charges a 1% fee on top of PayPal's 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction fee.
All SimplyCircle customers can collect payments through SimplyCircle, regardless of their pricing plan. While parent leaders must have a PayPal account to accept payments on SimplyCircle, parents are not required to have a PayPal account to make a payment. They can pay with any credit or debit card.
SimplyCircle simplifies both the collection and the tracking of payments, saving time and reducing errors.
Now teachers and parent leaders can handle all aspects of organizing an event, such as a field trip or a classroom party, directly on SimplyCircle:
- Add the field trip to the class calendar
- Attach a field trip permission slip
- Ask parents to sign up as drivers or chaperones
- Send automatic email reminders about the trip
- Share pictures from the field trip
- NEW: Request, collect, and track field trip payments
Online payment processing was the #1 most requested feature from SimplyCircle customers. It helps further simplify parent communication and strengthen the relationship between families and schools.
About SimplyCircle: SimplyCircle is a popular online parent communication portal for classrooms, PTAs, and schools. It helps educators and parent group leaders increase family engagement, which in turn drives better student performance. Learn how SimplyCircle can help you engage parents more easily and effectively at www.SimplyCircle.com
SOURCE SimplyCircle Inc.