The countdown is on: just 7 days until South Dakota's biggest district heads back to class. Monday, it introduced something new for parents and students.
The Sioux Falls School District has launched a brand new free app that has all you need in one.
"We believe this will improve the access our parents have. It's convenient for them, when and where they want it, we're looking forward to meeting their needs in a format that works best for them," DeeAnn Konrad said.
From individual school to sports calendars, staff contact information, lunch menus, the ability to pay for lunch and have instant notifications on-the-go, the district is pleased with this launch.
"The world today is all about mobility, mobile apps. We're thrilled that a parent, anywhere, anytime can have access to the district and their child," Superintendent Dr. Pam Homan said.
"It looks really easy to deal with, I'm not a technifile but it seems easy," parent Bob Hilderbrand said.
Easy, and convenient, parents say, especially when busy lifestyles have seemingly become ''the norm''.
"When you have a teenager, you have to know where they are, their schedule at all times, if you have some kind of app it's very helpful," parent LeeAnn Sanders said.
"It's great. It's good to get that information especially the school menu because we're always thinking 'what's for lunch'. Yeah I would use it for sure," parent Paola Vermeer said.
The app is free for students and parents and ready for download and use on any smart phone or iPad.
For the district, this is a contract between the maker of the app, ParentLink, and paid for through the mass communication system which includes the phone, e-mail and texting system costing the district roughly $2.70, per student.
With well over 21,000 students served in the public school system, the mass communication system costs more than $57,000.