ST. CHARLES, MO. - St. Charles parents have a new way to help keep their kids safe. The St. Charles School District launched a mobile app on Monday that allows families to report issues like bullying, fighting, or vandalism. They can also report positive things they see happening at school.
The app sends push notifications to your phone if there is an emergency or if school is canceled due to severe weather.
"In the world we live in nowadays, having instant communication is always key and you don't want to rely upon the community member or the parents to have to go get the information," communications coordinator Chris Bennett said. "We want to bring them the information as quickly as possible."
The app also compiles social media feeds from each school, making it easier to catch up on the latest sports scores. Blackboard, the company that made the app, also made one for Parkway Schools this year.
"It's exciting to be part of a district where we're able to bring these things to the community," Bennett said. "I think it's a really fantastic way for us to communicate with our parents, with our community members, and let them know the St. Charles School District is really trying to do some neat, innovative things."
The St. Charles School District will still communicate with families using other social media platforms in addition to the new app. It's available for free in both the iTunes and Google Play app stores.