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Back to School with Barracuda SignNow – 4 Benefits eSignature Provides to Schools

Schools everywhere are under pressure to get more done with fewer resources.  Solutions like eSignature platforms can help with this.  Integrating eSigning into the workflow can dramatically increase productivity, simplify outdated processes like office sign-in sheets, and eliminate lost papers and permission slips. Here are four substantial benefits schools can enjoy from leveraging a solution like Barracuda SignNow.

Improved communication among parents, teachers, and school administrators

Teachers can send permission slips, enrollment forms and other documents directly to parents who can then eSign their approvals in seconds from a computer, phone or tablet. Documents are then instantly returned electronically, drastically speeding up the process and eliminating lost papers on the bus, walk home or due to permission slip paper airplanes.

Eliminates paper waste and cost

SignNow reduces administrative overhead — no more making copies, envelope stuffing or tracking down returned paperwork.  Schools will save costs on postage and stationery and eliminate piles of paperwork. The student footprint will be greatly reduced as the average student uses 36,000 sheets (360 lbs.) of paper every year. That equates to 72 500-sheet paper reams at a cost of approximately $576 per student. Multiply that by the number of students in your school and the costs can be staggering.

Reduce Risk and Increase Visibility

SignNow enables educators to track the status of documents in real time and leverage court-admissible trails to ensure that the correct person completes documents on time. Information becomes easily accessible to the intended users, while fully protected against unauthorized access and loss. Schools can also safeguard student privacy by eliminating the risks of lost forms and confidential information being seen by unintended parties and ensure student records are up-to-date and in compliance with school policies and regulations.

Cut Costs, Not Trees

With the budget constraints that many of today’s schools face, going totally paperless has great financial and environmental incentives. You’ll no longer be spending money to print, copy, fax, scan, mail and store documents – a win-win for schools and the environment. The average student uses 36,000 sheets (360 lbs.) of paper every year. By going paperless, the average classroom of 30 has the power to save:

  • 125 trees every year that will remain standing
  • 15,000 pounds of paper will not be printed
  • 1,950 gallons of oil will not be used
  • 52,500 gallons of water will be conserved
  • 110 pounds of carbon dioxide will not be released into the environment per every tree saved. 2,200 pounds over a tree’s average life span

By making an effort to implement paperless strategies into your school with solutions like SignNow, you’ll be a leader by brining new technologies into EDU environments and publicly demonstrating your school’s commitment to green Initiatives. 

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