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D65 to let parents track kids’ performance online

District 65 parents will be able to check their children’s assignments, grades, and attendance and disciplinary records online perhaps as early as this month.

“There are many things families can have access to,” said Lora Taira, assistant director of information services.

By using the systems, parents will be able to keep tabs on their children’s academic performance by examining their scores on individual assignments and tests. They will also be able to see if some assignments were never turned in or turned in late.

Meanwhile, teachers can use the system to create lesson plans and seating charts, e-mail the entire class, and access their students’ home addresses, home phone numbers and medical conditions.

The database uses a complex encryption code to safeguard information, like online banks, Chief Information Officer Paul Brinson said.

“The system itself is very secure,” he said.


District 65 parents will be able to check their children’s assignments, grades, and attendance and disciplinary records online perhaps as early as this month.

“There are many things families can have access to,” said Lora Taira, assistant director of information services.

By using the systems, parents will be able to keep tabs on their children’s academic performance by examining their scores on individual assignments and tests. They will also be able to see if some assignments were never turned in or turned in late.

Meanwhile, teachers can use the system to create lesson plans and seating charts, e-mail the entire class, and access their students’ home addresses, home phone numbers and medical conditions.

The database uses a complex encryption code to safeguard information, like online banks, Chief Information Officer Paul Brinson said.

“The system itself is very secure,” he said.

Families without personal computers or internet access can go to public libraries to enter the system – but all users must use an email address to sign in.

Just because the system is there, however, does not mean teachers will use it. The district has yet to determine how frequently teachers will be advised to update online information, Brinson said.

Tyler Technologies, a company that programs software for the public sector, designed the system.

“It’s used quite extensively,” Brinson said, adding that it is the most widely used student information system in the country.

School districts in Fremont and Joliet and others across the country use the system, Taira said.

The district is still looking into the option of keeping track of student lunch information with the system.

The district will probably not need to create new positions to manage the system, Taira said.

The district is investigating the possibility of registering for courses online as well. Parents who register for courses online would supply proof of residence, which must be shown every year in the district, through the mail.

“The more we can automate, the better,” Board Member Katie Bailey said.

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