By Courtney Mollineaux and Laurie Struna
In January, Mesa Public Schools launched a mobile app designed to make information fingertip- accessible to parents.
Makes communication a snap
“In a fast-paced technological world, it is crucial that families have immediate access to their child’s school news, updates and important contact information,” shares Helen Hollands, director of communication and marketing. “This exciting tool expands the possibilities for communication between home and school, bringing news instantly to busy parents on the go.”
The user-friendly format pulls information directly from the district and school websites, giving parents access to their child’s school, including contact to the office, attendance line and website. Parents may customize their use by selecting specific schools to receive information from, including news and calendar updates.
Hollands explains, “The uses for the app are endless. Think about the parent whose sick child is home with the sitter. Mom is on her way to work and remembers she forgot to excuse the child from school. The app provides parents the flexibility they need to take care of their business.”
There are special features that enable users to obtain pertinent information, such as lunch menus, athletic schedules and the parent/student portal.
Parents can access any of their accounts from the app. They can check a balance, pay a bill or even donate to the schools. It allows direct contact to the MyLunchMoney, MPS WebPay, Tuition Express and ECA contribution websites. The ease and simplicity of paying from a mobile device help to ensure on-time payments and updated accounts.
With a simple tap of the parent resource button, a wealth of information is available. For example, if a question arises regarding student dress, the “dress code” link in the parent resource section takes the user directly to the district’s dress code policy.
As social media continues to explode as a communication and information outlet, the app provides instant convenience to the district’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram pages. One touch and a parent can stay up-to-date of all the happenings throughout the district.
The Mesa Public Schools app is available for free download through Google Play for Android users and the Apple Store for iPhone/iPad users.