For parents of students enrolled in one of Florida's Bay District Schools, monitoring their children's progress is about to get easier, WMBB-TV recently reported. This academic year, the district's teachers will forego the traditional method of sending home paper-based mid-semester reports in favor of leveraging an online system dubbed the Bay Parent Portal.
"The [thing is] with progress reports, by the time you had them printed, distributed to the school and they went home to the parents, a week had gone by, 10 days had gone by, so they were a snapshot of what that student's grades were at that particular time, and you know in 10 days those grades could have changed," Gena Burgans, the district's Director of Instruction for K-12, told the media outlet.
The system will also archive discipline notes and attendance records, according to the news source.
Elsewhere in the country, schools are leveraging paperless information management in other ways. For students in grades 7 to 12 at Covington, La.-based Northlake Christian School, lugging around paper textbooks became a thing of the past this semester thanks to an initiative that equipped them with iPads, allowing for easy access to "online books, databases, textbooks, audio and video files," the Times-Picayune reported.
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