TALLAPOOSA CO., AL (WSFA) - Tallapoosa County school officials have sharpened their communication skills with parents, stepping it up with a simple app on the computer or phone.
"Oh, I love it," said Dana Ford, who is more than a fan of it. She has two grandchildren in the school system now and wished this was something invented years ago.
"I'm not really looking at grades right now, but I'm able to go look at the curriculum and instructions," she explained.
Casey Davis says Tallapoosa County is among the first school districts in the state to make school life easier for parents of school-aged children with the system.
"All you have to do is go to Tallapoosa board of ed and it's right there," Davis said. "It's very self-explanatory. They can follow schedules for their students."
The app comes in real handy for a county like Tallapoosa County, which is 73 miles long and 36 miles wide. The five public schools are scattered all over the place.
"It's a one-stop shop," beamed Superintendent Joe Windle. "Everything is there, and it's simple."
Not surprisingly, the most popular link on the app is the one giving parents a peek at their child's grades. Tallapoosa County leaders launched the app in February and, so far, more than 200 parents have signed up for it.
"That's not where we want to be, but remember it was launched last month," Davis said. "We have an overall student body of around 2,900. It also sends an alert to the parent's telephone."
Communications made easier in the palm of a hand, a far cry from the alerts of yesterday.
Davis says the app cost the Tallapoosa County Shool District around $1,000.