The Peninsula School District has partnered with the Seattle-based group Tandem to create a district-wide online calendar.
The calendar launched last week, and schools have begun to input various events.
PSD administrators hope the calendar will curb scheduling conflicts for parents who have their kids in more than one school in the district. The calendar shows all the events happening in the district on any given day, and it can be filtered by school, department, event type, activity and group type.
For example, if a parent had one child at Purdy Elementary and another child at Peninsula High, they could select just those two schools, and only the applicable events would appear in the calendar.
Users also can filter more specifically by type of event. For example, a user could filter out anything but athletic events, effectively giving them an athletic calendar for whatever schools they’ve selected.
Kris Hagel of the school district’s Tech Supervisory is leading the project, and he spoke to the school board Thursday night at the district office.
“There were many different calendars throughout the district previously,” Hagel said. “It caused a lot of problems with people, scheduling on top of each other. We spent quite a bit of time looking at a bunch of options, and we chose Tandem. It’s used by quite a few people around here. It’s a complete calendar that’s integrated.”
Users can subscribe to the events on the calendar by signing up on the school district website, and they can share events via social media. The calendar also is integrated with Google Maps, so users can get directions to events outside of the area, such as football games, by simply clicking on the event.
In addition, parents can opt to receive text messages with calendar reminders.
“One of the things we really tried to do is pick something that would help parents, and help us operationally,” Hagel said.
For now, only the schools have access to the district calendar, and officials have posted sporting events and open houses. Office managers were trained on how to use the system in June, and principals were trained last week.
School district officials hope to get community events on the website, such as youth sports leagues.
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