Department: Special Education
District Size: 1,250 Employees
Location: Farmington, Michigan
Interviewee: Jason Rosen, Teacher Consultant in SpEd
The COVID-19 pandemic ends in-person IEP meetings. Special Education teachers and the students and parents they serve need a remote solution to sign essential documents and drastically reduce IEP documentation time from the typical 2-3 week window.
On March 16th, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put an unprecedented, never-before-seen halt to school district activities in Farmington, forcing schools to convert to remote learning.
CDC protocols dictated that there’d be no more in-person schooling until April 16th, 2020. Oakland County School District held an emergency instruction meeting to explore remote solutions for student meeting.
In that meeting, the special education department was told that they’d have to discover a new way to approve IEPs with parents.
Jason brought up the idea to explore an electronic signature software that would allow teachers to send parents Special Education forms electronically. He started to explore eSignature alternatives like DocuSign, HelloSign, and Adobe Sign.
The special education department continued their search and eventually found BlueInk. They scheduled a time to talk with Steve, the BlueInk Education Specialist, who provided them with a demo of the platform and a shockingly superior quote that was 52% less than DocuSign, HelloSign and Adobe Sign.
The BlueInk team provided the Farmington Public School District with such a convenient onboarding experience and affordable subscription that the team ultimately signed a two-year contract.
And that personalized experience didn’t stop once the contract was signed. BlueInk ensured Farmington Special Ed teachers, students and parents would continue being served right away, regardless of COVID-19 restrictions.