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‘App’solutely connected to Team LCPS

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 8:00 am

Louisa County Public Schools launched an app, Team LCPS, on Feb. 1, to make it easier to connect with the school system.

Louisa County Public Schools launched an app, Team LCPS, on Feb. 1, to make it easier to connect with the school system.

Wouldn’t it be nice if parents could check their student’s grades, figure out what’s on the day’s lunch menu, and see what time their child has to be at an event without having to dig around in a messy bookbag for papers?

With a new smartphone app that Louisa County Public Schools rolled out on Wednesday, everything a parent needs to know is now accessible from the palm of their hand.

The Team LCPS app was developed over the past few months as a means for the school division to communicate more effectively with families of LCPS students.

“Our website is not everywhere we want it to be. It’s not accessible to a lot of folks on their mobile devices,” Greg Dorazio, public information specialist, said. “Combined with issues of limited internet service in the county, that means there’s not enough folks who can get to us online.”

Several parents were selected to test the app starting in December to provide feedback to Dorazio, who had attended PTA meetings earlier in the year to talk about the product and hear from parents what they wanted to see in the design.

Daphne MacDougall, who has children at Jouett Elementary School and Louisa County Middle School, said the app helps her keep up with the activities of both.

“On a daily basis I use the calendar app,” she said. “I think people are going to just love it.”

MacDougall said she is very aware of struggles that families have with internet connectivity in the county.

“Many of our folks only have smart phones to connect to the internet,” she said. “I struggled, as did a lot of people, with trying to look at the full school website on a small screen.”

Since the school’s website is not mobile friendly, the app serves to quickly provide all the information she needs from both her children’s schools, including the ability to pay for her kids’ lunch accounts.

To read the entire story, see the Feb. 2 edition of The Central Virginian.