One Greene County school district is making it a little easier to communicate with parents and their students with a new app unveiled this week.
North Greene Superintendent Les Stevens says the free app, simply called North Greene Unit District #3, can be downloaded on Google Play or the Apple app store. The app has school district news, including a sports section, and a tip line.
The tip line, which has categories including bullying, drugs and alcohol, and fighting incidents, is the main reason Stevens says he wanted the school district to have the app.
“Bullying messages go to the principals and automatically, they see them and then some of the other things go straight to me. We’ve got it set up so that those notices go to the people that need to know firsthand,” he says. “The tip line is very important for bullying that all schools are seeming to experience with the use of social media and so forth.”
The tip line will ask you to specify if the incident happened at the high school or grade school.
Stevens stresses that the app doesn’t replace the school’s messenger system or website for getting information out, but rather acts as a supplement.
“We just think this will be an additional manner in which we can communicate with our stakeholders that this is a little more mobile than their computer or laptop or even their iPad. We’re thinking that parents are going to like this because of its mobile nature,” says Stevens.
“If they need to check up on the date of a football game or the date of a meeting that’s coming up, open houses and so forth, or just look, or just look at pictures of the kids in football practice. I haven’t seen any volleyball pictures, but they could be up there as well if someone puts them on,” he continues.
The app is powered by Parlant Technology. Stevens says it’s funded through Title I funding.