The Westerville City School District has launched its own app, allowing users to stay up to date with the latest news, events and notifications from the district and schools of their choosing.

The app will allow school events to be added to mobile-device calendars, and building information, such as addresses, phone numbers and office hours can be easily accessed, said Greg Viebranz, the district's executive director of communications and technology.

In addition, he said, daily lunch menus are available, and a staff directory makes employee contact information easy to find.

Viebranz said the app will also play a key role in expanding safety communications.

"Our app allows users to receive push notifications, so if we have an emergency message to send to families, they have the option to have it pop up on their mobile phone or whatever portable device they may be using," he said. "The app is a nice complement to the emergency-communication system our district has established over the past few years."

Viebranz said the rollout of the app has gone smoothly, and it can be downloaded by visiting the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and searching for "Westerville City Schools."

"One thing we've learned is that people like to receive their communication in different formats, so launching an app seemed like the next logical step for those who prefer easy access to information through their mobile devices," said John Kellogg, superintendent. "The fact that this app also enhances our emergency communication efforts is simply a bonus."

Viebranz said the district asked families what they wanted to see in an app and their feedback was used to develop this initial product.

"We're proud to provide our families with another communication tool that gives them quick access to the information they need most," he said.

Matt Davis, the district's visual communications coordinator, developed the app in-house with support from SchoolPointe, the district's website host and content management system provider.