WCPS launches digital tools to promote family & community engagement
In the upcoming school year, schools will be touting new digital and mobile tools to promote family and community engagement.
Online Volunteer Application System
Wayne County Public Schools recognizes the valuable contributions volunteers make to the learning process and to the educational goals of the school district. To support volunteerism in schools, WCPS has launched a district-wide School Volunteer Program. Family and community members interested in volunteering at a school will now be able to go to the district website, www.wayecountyschools.org and click on the “Community Resources” tab to access the online application system.
“Through this new online application program, those volunteers who are interested in lending their time and talents to a school are only a few keystrokes away from beginning the process,” states Dr. Yvette Mason, WCPS Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources & Professional Development. “Whether it is helping out in the classroom, around the office, on the athletic field, or as a field trip chaperone, this online process will be the first steps in becoming a school volunteer.”
To help protect the safety of students, this year the district began requiring background checks for anyone interested in volunteering at a school. The background checks will be completed as part of the online application process.
PeachJar Electronic Flyer Distribution
This week, WCPS will begin distributing flyers and other non-school materials electronically through the PeachJar system. Families will be able to receive flyers via email and access the Peachjar system through the district website, www.waynecountyschools.org, by clicking on the “Parent Resources” tab.
As a part of the program, non-profit organizations will be able to request to have flyers distributed electronically to promote activities, events, and programs. While approved flyers promoting events or activities with a cost will have a $25 charge, any approved flyers promoting free activities or events can be distributed for free. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to go to the district website, www.waynecountyschools.org, and click on the “Community Resources” tab to learn more.
This August, WCPS will launch a new anti-bulling and tips reporting app. The Safe2SpeakUp app will allow students and families to anonymously report bullying and/or other school safety concerns. Once live, families will be able to download it by going to the district website, www.waynecountyschools.org, and clicking on the “Student Resources” or “Parent Resources” tabs.
Website & Other Engagement Tools
Earlier this month, the district launched its new website. While areas of the site are still under construction, once completed the district and school sites will be redesigned to help parents and stakeholders stay better informed and quickly access pertinent information. Families should note that the district is in the process of moving to a new call system and mobile app. In the coming days, the district will launch its new instant messaging system, allowing WCPS to quickly send messages from school to home via phone, email and text. The district’s new mobile app is also expected to go live in August. Information about the instant messaging system and mobile app will be made available on the district website, www.waynecountyschools.org, by clicking on the “Parent Resources” tab.
“We are excited to be able to offer all of these new engagement tools to better support our families and schools in the coming year,” states Dr. Michael Dunsmore, WCPS Superintendent. “As a part of the district’s ongoing strategic plan efforts, my administrative cabinet has strived to be able to offer families, staff and the general public more digital options in order to engage and create a more connected school community overall.”