Tuesday, February 07, 2017

TOP STORY >> JNPSD unveils helpful new app

The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District on Tuesday unveiled its new app for smartphones and tablets.

Students, their parents and faculty can download the app for free through iTunes and Google Play to get the latest school news, events and photos.

The app was created by Blackboard, an educational technology company, “to expand (the school district’s) communications outreach,” according to an announcement from JNPSD chief of staff Phyllis Stewart.

“The mobile app will offer a constantly updated feed of district news and events with photos and links to the district’s website. The app can also be customized by users by selecting the schools they are most interested in for news and updates. Users can also choose to receive push notifications to get breaking news and updates about school closures, calendar changes or even sports updates,” the announcement said.

Parents can follow their children’s grades and attendance, school menus and bus information through the app.

“We condensed a four-month app build process into six weeks. We are still working behind the scenes on the data that will make this a fully functional tool for parents,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Owoh.