Unified launches smart phone app

The landing page of Racine Unified School District’s new mobile app.

CARA SPOTO, cara.spoto@journaltimes.com

RACINE — Racine Unified School District has launched a mobile app aimed at giving parents easy-to-access information about the district and their child’s school.

Families can use the free app, available for download via the Apple App or Google Play stores, to see school and district calendars, find contact information, look at lunch menus, engage through social media, and read the latest news about their school and the district at large.

Users will also receive notifications in the event of school or district emergencies, including closures, delays or cancelations due to weather, a district press release states.

The app can be customized so that users can access information specific to a student’s school and only receive the alerts and push notifications they request.

“This is an exciting effort to communicate directly and conveniently with our community,” states Stacy Tapp, Unified’s chief of communication and community engagement, in the release. “For our students, families and community members who use smart phones, the RUSD app will put important school and District information right at their fingertips.”

Unified officials spent the last year building the app, Unified Senior Communication Specialist Emily Neubauer said Tuesday, making sure it had all the information families would want.

“There’s an app for everything these days and we wanted to offer our families and our students that same access to information right on their phones,” she said. “It seems like more and more these days that everyone has a smart phone. This is just another way to reach all of our families so everybody has equitable access.”

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