Dear Students, Parents and Patrons,
We are very excited to have our South Holt R-1 Knights app for us to use to keep you informed of the activities and good things happening at South Holt. Unfortunately with all new things there is a time of working out issues and making it do what you need it to do. We have been overusing the textcaster feature of the app and underusing the push notifications feature. I will try and summarize the changes and how we plan to incorporate these changes.
The app has a Live Feed page that we will use for all information we send out. Unfortunately at this time you will not be notified that we have posted anything new to Live Feed. You have to be browsing on the app to see them. We have shared this concern with the app company and it is a common concern and they are working on it. You only have to be signed up for the app to see the things on Live Feed.
We will also send all posts to Facebook and Twitter. Again,you will not be notified that we have posted anything new to these social media sites. You must be browsing those sites to know we have added something.
The feature that we plan to use a lot more in the future is called push notifications. This feature allows you to select certain groups that you want to receive notifications about. We have the following groups established in push notifications: South Holt R-1 School District, Elementary School, JH/High School, Athletics and School Closures. To receive these notifications you must go to the settings option on the app which is the first screen that shows up when you enter the app. Unfortunately, if your phone is like mine, you won’t see the settings option unless you run your finger on the screen to scroll down. Settings is right after notifications. Once you are on the settings page you will check the box in front of the group or groups that you want to receive notifications from. You may check as many boxes as you want. The more you check, the more notifications you will receive. Again, on my phone, I can only see the first three groups when I am on that page. I have to scroll down with my finger to see the other groups that are listed and check them. We have the ability to add groups to this list. You may select to receive or not receive notifications from the groups at anytime. If you have a child in softball and you want to receive notifications about softball you would need to check the athletics groups for that. You will receive notifications about all athletics when you check the box. When softball is over and you don’t want to receive those notifications anymore, you can uncheck the box and you will not receive notifications. With push notifications, you will receive an alert, if you have it enabled on your phone, that a new notification for that group has been sent.
The final feature is SMS Text Alerts. This is the app that we have been overusing. We will use this feature only in emergency situations. We will not post athletic scores, bus times, and other information that we will use push notifications to get the word out.
We are aware that with the frustration over the many, many texts that some have deleted the app and no longer have it on their phone. We will be making these changes immediately and encourage you to call or stop in and see Mr. Ottman or Mrs. Jenny Russell to help you set up the app to best utilize it. You are always welcome to come by school and see us and make sure the app is working for you. We welcome your feedback, concerns and compliments about the app so we can make it work for the South Holt community.
Please pass the word about our school app to your friends, neighbors and family. Here is a synopsis of what is included in this letter
If you do not have the app:
Go to the App store and search South Holt R-1 Knights. Download the app to your phone
If you have the app or have it downloaded
Open the app by tapping on the Knight logo on your phone’s screen
You should be taken to a page that has Live FeedNews, Events, Athletics, Staff, etc.
Scroll down to the bottom of the list to settings. Do this by running your finger from bottom to top. Settings is the last option. Tap your finger on “settings”
You should be on a screen that is the NOTIFICATIONS PREFERENCES PAGE. It says RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS FROM:
South Holt R-1 School District with a circle before it. This should be checked if you want information about anything school wide.
JH/High School and
if your phone is like mine that is all you see but there are more lists. You have to scroll down with your finger on the screen to see Athletics, and School Closures. You can check as many as you want. Elementary School will be used widely by Mr. Quinlin to share Elementary information, Mr. Anderson will use JH/High School and all the administrators will use the Athletics group to share scores, and information related to athletics. School Closures is self explanatory.
Please call 660-446-2282 if you have questions or need help setting up the app to insure you get the notifications. We will begin our changes very soon.
Mr. Bob Ottman