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Columbus City Schools to switch to digital flyers to reduce paper waste

(FILE - Courtesy: CCS)
(FILE - Courtesy: CCS)
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Columbus City Schools announced they plan on replacing the thousands of flyers they send out every year with digital flyers.

Ohio's largest school district said students and their families will be able to receive the digital flyers through email, online access, and the a new mobile app.

The announcement came during the school's countdown to Earth Day on Saturday. The school estimated as many as 900 trees could be saved each year by making the switch.

CCS said the digital flyers also offer the opportunity to keep parents more informed.

"Digital flyers provide more opportunity to get information in the hands of parents and families, instead of sending announcements about quality programs and afterschool activities via paper flyers in the notoriously unreliable student backpack," said the school in a statement.

Starting fall 2017, the school will begin using Peachjar, a nationally-recognized online distribution and management system. Peachjar will give students and their family members access to the information on the school's website, email, and mobile app.

Parents have the ability to opt in or out of the service. CCS said the school will still keep a small number of printed flyers for parents who either don’t have access to email or would rather pick which flyers they want.

"Flyers are uploaded into Peachjar by the district’s communications team or by school principals," said the school.

Outside groups also have the opportunity to contribute. They will be able to coordinate with the school to share about free activities for Columbus City Schools students.

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Columbus City Schools said they will begin implementing Peachjar this Summer with the new digital flyer distribution system set for the 2017-2018 school year.

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