D300’s mobile app goes live
By Emily McFarlan Miller firstname.lastname@example.org August 16, 2013 5:36PM
Updated: September 21, 2013 6:07AM
CARPENTERSVILLE — As the first half-week of school drew to a close Friday in Community Unit School District 300, the district announced on its website its mobile app now is live.
The app can be downloaded free for the iPhone from the App Store or for Android phones, the Google Play Store. Search for “District 300” or “D300” in either store, the district said.
Superintendent Michael Bregy said he has been using the app “every day.”
“I actually sent an email to a teacher in less than 30 seconds — convenient and efficient,” Bregy said.
The District 300 mobile app includes sports scores as well as a calendar of special events, early releases, late starts, parent-teacher conferences and school board meetings. It pulls together district updates from its website and social media profiles into one place and sends out emergency and general messages from the D300 Rapid Communications System.
It also includes a safety tipline and a directory for each school, the central office and the board of education, making it easy to report a concern, generate an email or make a phone call from within the app.
Many features can be customized to include district-level and school-specific news and events.
Some even can be customized by student, allowing parents to access information — and set alerts — about attendance, grades and lunch money balance. Later this month, parents should receive an email and/or letter from ParentLink with login information access those features through the “Student Info” icon, according to the district.
The school board unanimously approved a three-year, $60,482 contract with ParentLink in late June to develop the mobile app for smartphones and tablets. That replaces its contract with AlertNow/Blackboard, which previously operated its rapid communication system.
The board’s decision came as the use of cellphones has risen dramatically in the Carpentersville-area district, the district said at the time.
Nine out of 10 families have a cellphone number on file with the district, it said. At least 11 percent list that as their primary phone number.
The school district has posted links to access the app from other mobile devices on its website, as well as videos showing how to use the app and District 300 high school students and parents excitedly relaying the “Best.News.Ever.”
For more information, visit d300.org.