FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LocateMySchool Streamlines the School Boundary Communication Process
The web-based software-as-a-service uses GIS technology to simplify the sharing of important school boundaries, directions, bus stops, and contact information
(Morgan Hill, CA) March 20, 2019 —LocateMySchool™, a web-based, interactive, software-as-a-service developed by Planware, a division of Educational Data Systems, now provides 24/7 access to important school boundary information, directions from an entered address, and contact info in one application.
“LocateMySchool boosts school communication and simplifies the sharing of pertinent information with parents and the community that may not be easy for them to obtain otherwise,” said Caroline Fahmy, the CEO and president of Educational Data Systems. “Maps, boundaries, data points, and contact information often change, causing static PDF school boundary maps to go out of date fairly quickly. With LocateMySchool, our geographic information systems (GIS) staff checks in with district users on a quarterly basis to ensure that data is current. It’s one less thing districts have to worry about updating.”
After a quick implementation process, LocateMySchool provides:
- a single platform offering access to accurate, colorful, layered school boundary maps and customized locations such as bus stops, crossing guards, daycare or after-school centers, and sports venues;
- a familiar Google Maps interface delivering walking, biking, or driving directions from any entered address within the district;
- multi-language support and Google Translate features;
- live customer service and support.
LocateMySchool provides a customized link to school and district websites, making its wealth of information accessible from any device that is connected to the Internet, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
“The beauty of LocateMySchool is that it can be used independently from a school information system, learning management system, or transportation software, but has been built in a way that it can easily be integrated into other existing systems,” said Fahmy. It’s a valuable tool that has been shown to save districts time spent on phone calls related to transportation and school boundaries. We have had some district personnel tell us that they keep LocateMySchool open on their screen all day to address the calls as they come in.”
Because seeing an interactive visualization of school boundaries is often easier to understand than PDF maps, districts can also use LocateMySchool to provide a visual display of different or proposed boundary scenarios for presentation to boards, committees, parents, and the public for review. These alternate LocateMySchool sites can be publicly available or password protected for special planning committees.
For more information and pricing for LocateMySchool, please visit www.eddata.com/LocateMySchool.
About Educational Data Systems & LocateMySchool
For over 40 years, Educational Data Systems has been a trusted partner of educational organizations—public and private, large and small—providing industry-leading care in student assessment, research and evaluation, and school district planning services. They have been certified as a Green Business by the Bay Area Green Business program since 2002.
LocateMySchool software-as-a-service is a convenient online service to communicate school boundaries, directions, and other information about your schools and district to your community. It allows parents to access current school attendance areas online and get walking, driving, or bicycling directions to schools. It also provides other helpful information, from bus stop locations to a list of upcoming events and their locations. LocateMySchool helps school and district staff address inquiries, provide information to board members, and present various school planning scenarios in an easy to use format.
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