School District App is Now Available

Through the app, individuals can easily access district news, calendars, information about district initiatives and, if they have children in schools, student grades right from their mobile phones.

The app is free for users to download and provided at no additional cost to the school district. In looking at innovative ways to further expand reach with parents and community members who may not have children in schools, the district negotiated the app to be included as part of the school district’s current notification system at no additional cost.

In addition to grades, parents of middle and high school students can also see their children’s list of classes, upcoming assignments, and absences or tardies. The app can also be customized to receive information in other languages. A user may choose from over 60-plus languages which instantly translates information.

The idea for the app was generated after the school district launched a five-year strategic plan two summers ago. The plan, called “The Advantage,” includes numerous initiatives that drive the future direction of the school district. Initiative 3.3 calls for utilizing “all available resources to communicate with district stakeholders and the community at large.” As a result of this initiative, the idea of an app was first discussed with the Board of Education this past school year. Since then, staff researched companies, contacted districts across the nation and involved principals to solicit their opinions about various companies as well as app features.

The app was launched this past week and is now available via the App Store for I-phone users or via Google Play for android users. Search for "PYLUSD." Middle and high school parents with children in schools will receive an email from the district with directions for password-protected log-ins to access their children’s grades.
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