TreeRing's Guide to Helping You Create Your 2020-2021 Yearbook During COVID-19/Distance Learning

With the massive disruptions to ordinary school life and distance learning from home, Editors may be struggling with how to capture their 2020-2021 yearbooks.  First, we believe that once in your students' hands, this will be the most looked at yearbook ever with how much time many students are spending apart from their friends.  Additionally, many years from now, this will be the yearbook that stands out.  Second, it's OK that the yearbook won't be the same as previous years.  Capture this year as best you can however it happens.  That may mean: fewer pages, less than ideal photos, pages with lots of Zoom meeting screen captures.  Last, TreeRing is here to help you complete your yearbook and get it to your students.

TreeRing will help guide you through:

  1. Filling your yearbook (lots of ideas!)
  2. Shipping books to home (we can do it!)
  3. Adjusting deadline dates (no problem!)
  4. Signing Yearbooks (can be done online!)
  5. Additional options (there's more!)

Filling Your Yearbook (lots of ideas!)

We know many events and sports will not be included in this year's yearbook.  We have added some great blog posts to help you fill in extra yearbook pages which you may now have.  You can find our blogs here:

You may also want to use our new Recognition Ads feature to help highlight people and groups who have really helped guide your school community through this crisis.  You can fill A LOT of pages if you allow all of your graduating class to include a 1/4 or 1/2 page "recognition ad" about themselves.  You can even use it as a fundraiser to help your program! Our guides on Recognition Ads can be found here:

If you find yourself missing portraits of students, due to Portrait taking being missed, we have some ideas on how to fill in those missing spots:

Shipping to Homes (we can do it!)

If your school will be closed for the rest of the school year, or your local social distancing mandates will keep you from being able to distribute yearbooks to your families, we have an available Ship-to-Home option.

We've always had this option, but you previously had to select this option before selling books.  Now you can turn this option on and have all orders collect a mailing address.  There's a flat rate $4.99 per order shipping option.  You can update previous order's ship to home mailing address from the app.  

Chief Editors can change to "All Books Ship to Home" at any time. A guide for making this change is here:

Once you've enabled your school for Ship to Home,

Changing Deadline Dates (no problem!)

If you need some extra time to complete your yearbook, no problem! You can change your print ready date by following this guide: 

Remember to review the timing of our guaranteed delivery and recommendations for Custom Page deadline dates:

Signing Yearbooks (can be done online!)

With school closures and shelter-in-place directives becoming the new normal, yearbook signing days at your school may not happen this year. Not to worry! TreeRing has had the Signatures feature available for a while now which allows students to e-sign each other's books. The instructions are easy and you can work with your parents and students to have them sign each other's books!

Additional Options

Hopefully as a last resort, but if you simply don't need all of your pages, you can reduce your number of pages.

Lastly, if there are families in your community who can no longer afford the book they purchased or you simply have no way to finish the yearbook, you can cancel any or all of your book orders anytime.  (But we hope you don't!)

We know this year has turned into even a bigger challenge for all of our Chief Editors and schools. We'll keep offering ideas and help so you can complete your yearbook. More than ever it is important to capture memories and create a yearbook for your school community. No matter when or where they get their yearbook, everyone will still love it!

Remember that TreeRing has your back!

 

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    Tina Lakin

    Needing help signing on to editing page, as I am a new editor to this years yearbook

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    Debbie

    Hi Tina - You may be using the wrong email address. I see 2 different emails for you. I will contact you through customer support to find out which email is correct.

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    Leslie Bispham

    this is my first time teaching this class and I am doing virtually. How do I get started? How do the kids log on and make the yearbook?

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    Debbie

    Hi Leslie - We have a getting started section in our Help Center which will help you:
    https://treering.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/115001594746-Getting-Started-for-Chief-Editors-Staff-Editors
    I see that you have contacted customer support. I will assist you on that ticket.

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    Ryan Pennington

    I ordered two yearbooks and only received one. How do I get my second yearbook?

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    Debbie

    Hi Ryan - I will assist you in our customer support system so look for an email from me soon!

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    Erin Derderian

    My yearbook was sent to the wrong address even though my address is correct on my profile. Can someone please contact me? Thanks

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    Debbie

    Hi Erin - Profile addresses are not used for shipping addresses. The shipping address needs to be changed in the order as per this Help Center article: https://treering.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360041258011-How-to-Update-the-Shipping-Address-for-Previously-Placed-Orders-that-are-Shipping-to-Home
    Your son's yearbook will be delivered to the school so you will need to make arrangements to get the book from them..

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    Debbie

    Hi Engjellushe - I see that you contacted customer support and I will assist you there.