New App Has Grades, Escambia School District Information

August 12, 2017

The Escambia County School District unveiled a new app on Friday, giving students’ families to new way access information from a smartphone.

The primary purpose for the ECSD Families App is to make the Focus Parent Portal information system easily available and portable, as well as put district news and announcements into the hands of parents. The secondary goal is to make ECSD news more easily available to everyone interested in ECSD information, such as the calendar of events and sports.

“The new ECSD Families App will allow parents to access information about their student’s attendance, assignments and news about assignments by opening the new app and then logging into their Parent Portal account from a mobile device,” said Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. “Parents will also be able to switch between multiple students attached to their account.”

Any parent, or guardian, who hasn’t already established a Focus Parent Portal account will find instructions on the opening tab of the App. Everyone will be able to use the settings in the App to pick which ECSD news-feeds they want to see on their phone.

“The App will also be great for our local public to download, so they can access our news-feeds on their mobile device,” added Thomas. “The third tab on the app will include icons to quickly open some of our more frequently visited pages on the District’s web site.”

Available in the Apple App Store or on the Google Play Store for Android phones, the ECSD Families App is free.

“When we have important announcements, they will still be available on the ECSD homepage and district Facebook page, but having it on your phone means those news items will be available to you anytime, even if you are away from a computer,” Thomas added. “We are excited to enter the app arena and hope this will be a way for us to communicate quickly with families during an emergency or to share our good news.”

Superintendent Thomas and the ECSD IT department hope to see most families download the ECSD Families App and explore what it has to offer. The district plans to add optional news-feeds and adjust the links as they see which types of information seem to be considered most useful.


3 Responses to “New App Has Grades, Escambia School District Information”

  1. Kirsten on August 13th, 2017 8:39 am

    Just downloaded it on my Android and the app is giving a fatal error when you try to open it. It is also listed as Escambia County School Distice Family App in the play store.

  2. Kim Stefansson on August 12th, 2017 9:09 am

    Thank You for helping us get the word out!

    If you search ECSD Families it will come up. Then be sure to set up Parent Portal, if you haven’t already!

    Also be sure to go into the Settings and pick the Social Media newsfeeds you want so the NEWS page will have news you can use. We hope to have more and more schools get their official Facebook pages up and running so there will be more choices soon!

    On Tab 3 – the Calendar includes Sports!

    As we play with this – and we get feedback – we will know what our friends and families feel would be most useful and we can adjust to meet needs.

    Primary purpose is to let students and parents have another – mobile – way to get into Focus. No excuses for missing a project deadline or forgetting an upcoming test if you can check it on your phone – right?

    As Mr. Thomas told Hannah from Ch 3 – Sorry, kids! ;-)

  3. Brian on August 12th, 2017 8:19 am

    It’s listed in Apple App Store as Escambia County School District Families Portal.

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