AMERICAN FORK, Utah – The Alpine School District has unveiled a new app to connect with students just in time for its 100-year anniversary.
Timing wasn’t by design.
Alpine School District leaders said they’ve been thinking about creating a mobile app for students and parents for a while.
Times have changed since it first opened in 1915 and it is now in charge of 82 schools and about 75,000 students.
Keeping the flow of information from schools to parents can be challenging.
Now in 2014, the school district has rolled out the ASD Connect app.
With the app parents and students can access grades and see missing assignments, attendance records, breakfast and lunch menus and calendars.
Administrators said the features are based on what parents said they wanted.
“There are many very, very good school district app templates available and we felt, from the beginning, rather than have a template that you just kinda fill in, we wanted to build this from the ground up and base this on what parents want out of a mobile app and that’s what we did,” Alpine administrator John Patten said.
Officials said, since school started, the app has been downloaded about 6,000 times.
The district’s goal is to reach 10,000 downloads in three months.