For the many parents and students who have ever wondered about snow days, bear sightings or police closures near schools, worry no more, there's now an app for that.
Called SchoolLink, the new app will allow parents and students alike to receive Surrey and White Rock school alerts directly to their iPhone or iPad, keeping everyone up-to-date about local school happenings.
It's something that Fraser Heights Secondary principal Sheila Morrisette said is much-needed in an age where everyone is carrying around a mobile device.
"It just means better communication between homes and schools," she said. "You can now get push notifications on your phone whenever there are updates to the website, so it's just a lot easier for parents to stay in touch and stay informed and also easier for us as school administrators to be able to communicate with parents and know that notices are received by parents."
The free app allows user to subscribe to any school within the district and they can then opt to receive pop-up alerts anytime something like a school closure takes place. Morrissette also noted the app is useful for informing parents about upcoming events in the school, as newsletters sent home with students might not always make it to parents.
"In the past we might have sent a notice home on a piece of paper...and many of them land in the bottom of a backpack," said Morrisette. "So this allows us to get the message out quickly such as 'It's photo day tomorrow, so send your children dressed up,' or we have a special event on, a band performance or theatre performance and we would like people to attend."
On top of alerts and events, the app will also provide notifications about featured students and stories and parents can customize the app to follow as many or as few schools of their choosing.
"If you're a parent you're going to want to subscribe to the school district and say, Fraser Heights and an elementary school because you might have children in both schools," said Morrisette.
The app is currently only available for iPhone and iPad and it is free to download in Apple's App Store right now.
To download the app, click here.
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