Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Grain Valley School District Goes Mobile

March 12, 2014 - Grain Valley School District today announced the release of a new, district-wide mobile communications application from SchoolWay, a leading developer of mobile applications for K-12 school systems and institutions.  The free mobile and web app is available for Apple and Android mobile devices and online, and keeps the entire school community connected to the district’s information they need in one convenient location.

Understanding the busy schedules of parents, students, and patrons, the district’s official mobile app from SchoolWay enables smartphone and tablet users to keep track of important district information and receive notifications from the district, faculty, and staff, all in real-time via push, text, and email messaging. The mobile app enhances community engagement by providing users with access to information like school activities, grade books, notes from teachers, athletic schedules and scores, lunch menus, and school calendars, when and where they choose to view.

Grain Valley School District’s official mobile app empowers anyone in the community to stay connected with the information they want and need right on their mobile devices,” said Mr. Nick Gooch, Director of Technology. “The release of this app for the district is an example of our commitment to provide our community members all of the district’s information conveniently and easily, while making it more accessible than ever. We are excited about how our school’s app will lead to a stronger, more connected school community.”

This is the district’s latest step to strengthen communication with the community.  The Grain Valley School District already has a strong following on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and uses a blog, Grain Valley Schools Today, to make news release-type announcements accessible to anyone.

Features for Grain Valley School District’s official mobile app include:

      Push, text, and email messaging from both the district and school site levels
      GPS mapping and navigation
      School calendars
      Online grade book access
      Tap screens for email and phone for district staff and board of education members
      Multiple language options
      Lunch menus, athletic information, and much more

The communication service comes at no cost to the district through SchoolWay, who is providing app development and hosting services to the school district for free with no download charges for mobile users. The district app is financially supported by school-friendly and approved sponsors.

The Grain Valley School District, SchoolWay app is now available to download and use for free for Apple and Android users, and online via the web app.