To help parents stay informed, Franklin Special School District has launched a new phone app to access information in a mobile-friendly way.

District staff presented the new app—which is available for free on the App Store and Google Play—during FSSD's April 15 school board meeting.

From the app, parents can access the academic calendar, events, a staff directory, meal information, bus routes and FSSD's strategic plan.

"The point of the app was to provide another communication tool for a community that's constantly on the go," Communications Specialist Susannah Gentry said. "[Parents] looking for information about the school, they can activate it quickly. ... So we think it's a great communications asset."

The app will also allow parents to follow news and announcements about their child's specific school as well as Skyward, a program the district uses for grades and attendance.

The app also features a tip line, where students and parents can report safety concerns, potential self-harm or suicide concerns, weapons or drugs, or possible threats to the school. Tips can be submitted anonymously or with an attached contact address, according to district staff.

"Most schools use some version of a tip line," Gentry said."The main point of this is just to give just another place where people can provide feedback."