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Pasco elementary school to test after-school pickup app for district



Two years ago, the Pasco County school district overhauled its school bus system, aiming to become more responsive to parent questions and concerns.

Now, the district is looking into ways to further improve student dropoff and pickup, making it easier for school employees and families alike. Wiregrass Elementary School in Wesley Chapel will lead the initiative with a test run of the phone application Pik My Kid.

The app allows parents to manage their children's dismissal plan, letting the school know things such as when they've arrived in the pickup line or if a different person is coming to get their children. The school tracks the information in the program, and monitors each child as he or she leaves the campus.

Parents would get notifications about when their kids have departed school, and other related information.

"I also can send a message in real time to every car in that car loop, or every person in the system," said principal Steve Williams, who has a keen focus on communication. Examples include notification that a bus route is running late, or that traffic is backing up the pickup line. 

"It's an innovative way to connect with parents," Williams said.

If the system proves effective, other district schools will consider using it.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:00pm]


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