SCS utilizes powerful tool to communicate with parents
Here, Mrs. Heather Worth, a Para Pro at Sumter Primary and parent of two students in Sumter County Schools, accesses the progressive portal to checks the status of her children during her lunch break at Sumter Primary.
Sumter County Schools is known in Georgia for commitment to technology and consumer services. In the school district, there are more than 3100 computer workstations. With the increasing availability of computers at work sites, the local library and in homes, access to information is readily available.
Technology Director of Sumter County Schools, Mr. Chris Usrey, released an updated status of computer access to parents and the Sumter County public.
Involvement in a student's academic life opens communication between the parent, student and school. Using the Campus Portal to review daily attendance, behavior items and assignments aids in the student being more active and aware of their academic success. The Campus Portal incorporates the highest level of security. Parents and guardians can see only information related to the students they are authorized to view through the use of strong passwords, forced password resets and session timeouts.
Schools create households to which the student belongs, depending on the information provided about parent and guardian rights, living arrangements, etc. Parents and guardians will have access only to the links to which they have been given permission, to ensure student privacy. Navigating the Campus Portal is easy. Once logged in, an index of accessible information for each student is listed within the left navigation of the screen. The parent's name will appear under the Campus Portal header. Each student's name is listed below, with links to their school information.
When viewing the Campus Portal for Parents, any relevant notices are displayed in the main frame of the screen. Notices are organized by district-wide messages or by building specific messages. In the situation of a blended or split family, a student may be listed in two households at different addresses and with different sibling structures. The school can give access rights to all parents/guardians to whom the student has a relationship or only specific rights to one parent or guardian. This authorization structure is established when the custodial parent or guardian informs the schools of the rights of each parent or guardian to this information.
The Calendar link underneath a particular student's name will only show information for that student. It displays assignments that are due on a specific day, as well as events specific to that student and school. This can help you track the coursework for the particular individual student to avoid missing or late assignments. Parents may need to know where their student is during the day, or may be curious what classes their students are taking and when. The Class Schedule lists the student's classes in each period and each term, along with the time and location it meets. If a school uses a rotating day or alternating day schedule, the day the class meets will be listed.
The Teacher Newsletter provides a way for teachers to communicate with all course sections within Infinite Campus. This tool eliminates the need for the teacher to print off announcements and other types of communication. Parents and students can review the newsletter as often as desired, increasing communication between teacher and parent and eliminating lost messages sent from a teacher to a student's backpack.
Students who miss a lot of school may risk falling behind and doing poorly on exams. Tracking a student's attendance is easy. Either teachers or the building's attendance clerk enters absences and tardy designations for each class as they occur. These absences are posted immediately after the teacher or clerk saves the input, so the parent can see if and when any classes are missed. If the school subscribes to Campus Messenger or Campus Messenger with Voice, parents may elect to be immediately contacted via email or phone when their student is absent or tardy.
Parents wanting to know when their student is recognized for a special accomplishment, or if they were involved in a disruptive behavior. This option lets parents learn more about social situations, the consequences and the remedial steps taken by the school. The parent will see the date the behavior occurred, what happened, any activities or consequences related to the event, and the student's role in the event. After appropriate steps have been taken to resolve this issue, there will be a citation explaining the details. This is a great way for parents to keep current about their student's activities.
The Portal is available in four languages: English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Chinese