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School district launches one-stop informational app

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Ken Jackson
Staff Writer
Keeping track of all the school-related information can be tough for parents, especially those who may have a child in elementary and another in middle or high school. But the Osceola County School District has made that easier, now that “there’s an app for that!”
The district recently developed and released its app that serves as a one-stop clearinghouse for all the information a parent could need to stay in touch with their children’s schools.
Following in the steps of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, which put out its own app a couple years ago, the free app can be found at the Apple Store and Google Play, just search for Osceola County School District.
District spokesperson Dana Schafer worked with Webmaster Carlos Hernandez, who handled the technology side of the app, to put it together.
“Parents are mobile, they need this information quickly,” Schafer said. It’s tailored to them. They can select the schools and programs they’re interested in and not have to wade through what they don’t need.”
Instead of searching through the district website on a computer or looking for a phone number to call for information, it’s now, literally, in the palm of your hand.
Among the key features of the fully-scrollable app are daily lunch menus, a calendar of events that are specific to each school that can be quickly accessed each time the app is used, and district-wide news of importance to everyone. Those who use the app will receive push notifications with the latest news and updates from the district.
Through settings options, parents can customize it to get just the news and push notifications they need, along with easy access to staff directories and school phone numbers they can call through the app if they need to reach the school quickly.
Information on how to apply to be a school volunteer, and employment button to check open district positions, frequently-called district numbers, testing dates, and portals to check students’ grades and attendance are also right there.
Said Hernandez: “It’s all specific to what we’ve heard about the information that parents need the most.”