In a pioneering step, the Bishop’s School on Wednesday launched a mobile application to update parents of its students about their children’s progress in school, payments and transportation details.
The App, named TBS Online, was released on all three platforms – iOS, Android and Windows – and has been made available for all three branches of the school at Camp, Kalyani Nagar and Undri, which together accommodate nearly 11,000 students.
TBS Online uses IDs of registered parents to allow them to access information on the school’s website. In addition, the App also sends personal notifications which are not provided on the website.
“The App has been created to convey all possible updates to parents about their children, from the fee structure to homework, lunch menu at school and even leave applications. It also provides profiles of the staff, from teachers to bus drivers. The examination results and subject-wise weekly updates on students from eighth to tenth standard will also be provided to the parents. To obtain the information, the parent has to use an OTP, which will be sent to his/her registered mobile number,” says Sajeev Philip, system administrator at the school.
Once the App is downloaded, it can be used for a maximum of five students. This provision has been made considering the significant number of siblings in the school.
“It is inconvenient to download separate Apps for siblings, so we have made this provision. For each download, the charge will be Rs 300. There won’t be any additional charge in the future for further updates,” says Philip, adding that the total cost of developing the App was Rs 13 lakh.
On the first day of its launch, the App was downloaded nearly 900 times.
“We sent mails to parents on Tuesday, informing them this App. They seemed interested. About 900 downloads probably cover more than 900 students, if we consider the number of siblings,” Philip says.
In the near future, school also plans to introduce many upgrades which would include online examinations with time preference and mock tests. “We are also working on an alumni App. We want our former students to stay connected with the institution and an App would provide them with the current updates about school,” Philip says.