Westfield Public Schools launches new app

On Dec. 16, Westfield Public Schools launched a mobile app to provide the community with the district’s resources available at the click of a button. According to Coordinator of School and Community Relations Mary Ann McGann, the app has over 900 Apple users and nearly 70 Android users already.

Superintendent Raymond Gonzalez said that the app was launched in response to last year’s district-wide communications survey.

“It was clear that staff, students and the community use their mobile devices to access information about what’s happening in the district.”

After the district published a redesigned website last July, it began the development of the app. Officially named Westfield Public Schools, NJ, the app features a home screen that holds district news and upcoming events, and pages including a staff directory, notifications and a shortcut to the district website. If you click the ‘schools’ button and select WHS, the addition of an athletics page appears, offering schedules for all Blue Devils teams.

Users can receive information regarding the district through the app’s push notifications, which Gonzalez described as “another means of sharing information with our school community.”

Senior Drew Kornfeld downloaded the app and noted his first impressions. “I think in all honesty it is a really cool app. I think it is more directed towards parents, but I do feel like kids can access it as well. Having it now for a couple minutes, I’m learning things that I didn’t know.”

McGann noted that the app will be a talking point at the BOE meeting on Jan. 17.

To download the Westfield Public Schools, NJ app, go to the app store on your Apple or Android device.