District 25 debuts online registration tool; tablets coming

Aug 15, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

By now, parents in the Riverton School District 25 should have received a letter detailing the new steps they'll need to take to enroll their students for the upcoming school year.

The new registration system uses InfoSnap and replaces the old paper system in which parents filled out new forms each year.

Each letter, which parents should have received by Aug. 7, contains a weblink and a secure "snapcode" that is used to access the system for each student.

The district is sending out reminder letters to parents Tuesday.

School officials believe the new system will be less burdensome for parents, who can copy a substantial amount of data for each child.

Once a student is registered in the system, only a minimal amount of data will need to be updated each year.

During a meeting Tuesday, school board member Kevin Tippets, who has two daughters in the district, said his first foray into the new system went smoothly.

"It worked just as it should for importing information from one child to another," he said.

Assistant superintendent Joanne Flanagan said a few parents without internet access have already come into the central office for help through the process. When that happens, she said, district employees have walked parents through the new process.

Flanagan said the new system -- with its consistent data entries -- will also help prevent excessive work for administrative staff.

"The data (wasn't) clean when we need to send it to the state or whatever ... so it takes days and days to scrub that data," she said.

Students will not be officially registered for school until parents complete the online packet, which includes a number of legally required "sign-offs."

Flanagan said that if parents do not complete the registration before school begins, they will be called in to the school to complete such sign-offs.

It's not the only new technology Riverton is incorporating this year: The district also has received 600 new Chromebook tablets that will be used for classroom instruction.