Facts About The Surrey School District

70,000

primary, secondary, adult, and special education students.

Over 130

schools, learning centers, and programs.

Largest in BC

serving an area covering 328 km².

The Challenge

Getting the message home

The District wanted to ensure that regular and urgent communication that would impact parents and students, such as weather or security situations, was being received.

Meeting the mobile need

With ever increasing mobile traffic to surreyschools.ca, the District saw the need to make information from their website accessible on mobile devices.

The Solution

Introducing SchoolLink

Habanero and the Surrey School District chose to develop a mobile app in order to take advantage of key hardware features such as geolocation and alerts. The first phase of the project supported iOS devices with the release of both an iPhone and an iPad app. An Android version of SchoolLink was released in 2015.

Utilizing PhoneGap enabled Habanero to develop a shared codebase that allows for easier development across device platforms. A custom SharePoint web service allows content published on surreyschools.ca to be pushed out and consumed by mobile device users.

Featured Stories

The home screen allows users to see a feed of news and annoucements, alerts and featured stories for the District and all subscribed schools.

School Information And Alerts

The school level page provides essential contact information, maps, news and announcements, and alerts for a particular school.

Quick Access to Saved Schools

Users are guided through a process to add schools to their favorites so they can receive news feed updates and alerts.

Search For Schools

Users can select a nearby school using geolocation or can filter a list of just under 200 schools. The app includes type ahead search functionality, which will filter the list instantly.

The Outcome

Important school information gets delivered to parents and students

SchoolLink has achieved the following:

  • 8,800 downloads in the Apple App Store
  • more than two-million notifications sent to users via the app
  • outstanding support from district staff, parents, and content authors
It was inspiring and a pleasure working with the Habanero team on the development of our mobile communications tool for parents. Habanero has the expertise to not only develop a great app, but also in managing the project in an efficient manner.

Dan Turner, Director of Information Management Systems

Implementation Details

  • Shared codebase based on PhoneGap
  • iPhone and iPad support
  • Content is published in SharePoint
  • Android version released in 2015
  • Foundation for rich parent-school communication