Schenectady Schools Unveil New Website and Mobile App – The Daily Gazette

SCHENECTADY — The City of Schenectady School District is getting a virtual makeover.

The district will launch a new website and mobile app on Wednesday that officials say will make it easier to navigate and streamline communication with parents.

“That’s one of the things that when I got here in July, people immediately gave me feedback,” said Superintendent Anibal Soler Jr. “They said, ‘You have to do something about our website, sir. It’s not user-friendly, it’s hard to find information.

District officials spent months designing the website and mobile app, which is “everything Schenectady School has in your pocket,” according to Karen Corona, director of communications and public information for the district.

The new website allows users to translate material into nearly a dozen languages, including Spanish, Hindi and Arabic, with just a few clicks, and is ADA compliant, allowing those who are hard of hearing and with limited vision to easily navigate the site.

The district, where more than 20 different languages ​​are spoken, hopes to add additional languages ​​as the website rolls out, Corona said.

Each school in the district will have its own homepage which will eventually be filled with information from the administrators of each building. District-wide information will also be available for viewing under a “live feed” located on the district homepage.

Additionally, the district’s clunky URL (schenectady.k12.ny.us) will be replaced with an easier-to-remember one: schenectadyschools.org.

“We’re super excited about this,” Corona said.

The app will be available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store by searching for “Schenectady City Schools”.

Similar to the website, the app is easily translatable and divided into different sections for each school.

Users will be able to sign up to receive push notifications for the school their child belongs to and will be able to receive notifications from multiple schools if they wish – a feature that Soler says will help strengthen communication.

“We know some people don’t like these robocalls anymore, but they will accept text messages and push notifications,” he said.

Website and app setup costs will operate the district’s website and app will cost the district $52,300 for the first year and $34,000 per year thereafter. But the district will receive an 80% reimbursement through BOCES, bringing total costs down to $10,460 for the first year and just $6,800 per year thereafter, according to Corona.

Soler added that the new website aligns with the district’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy adopted earlier this year, but also shows that the district is open to feedback from stakeholders.

“We really took into account not only the feedback from our DEI policy on inclusion, but also the feedback from the community, the feedback from parents,” he said.

Contact journalist Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.

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