March 7, 2014

New app gives parents easier way to keep up on school news

Grady County educational info sent to smart phones

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer,
The Express-Star


The School Connect mobile app could make it easier for parents in Grady County to help their children plan their day, school athletes keep up with practice times and teachers to communicate with parents. 

The app features a full course load of alerts, updates, calendars, links and, weather and school menus for every school in Grady County. 

Moreover, School Connect includes push, text and email messaging from both he district and school site levels, GPS mapping and navigation, online grade book access, tap screens for email and phone for district staff and board of education members, multiple language options, including Spanish. 

On the Chickasha app, the menu items are symbolized by icons, making it easy to navigate from one menu item to another. 

Users can subscribe to more than one school to receive alerts. For example, if a parent has a child in Grande Ave. Elementary and Chickasha High School, they can select both schools to receive alerts from both, Susan Parr, Chickasha Public Schools Administrative Assistant-Special Services, said. 

The Chickasha School Connect App features many of the same links that are on the school's website such as school menus and the "stop bullying" incident form. 

The app is free to both users and schools. The communication service was brought to the district through a partnership between School Connect and Jostens, a company that produces yearbooks, class rings and other school products. 

"People are busier than ever and rely on their mobile devices to be connected to what matters most. School Connect allows schools and community members to stay connected through a free and robust platform that will continue to evolve based on their needs," Nick Migliorino, founder and president of School Connect said in a release. 

The School Connect app is now available to download and use free for Apple and Android users and online via the web app.