QA’s back-to-school forms must be submitted electronically this year
CENTREVILLE — It’s not too soon to start thinking about school starting again, and Queen Anne’s County Public Schools wants all parents and guardians to know that back to school forms will be completed electronically this school year. This process replaces the paper forms sent home at the beginning of each school year. According to the central office, these forms are critical to ensuring each student’s safety and security in school throughout the year.
Middle and high school students and parents will not have access to their schedules via the Parent Portal until these forms are completed online. Once completed, the Parent Portal will be open on Aug. 14.
Elementary school parents who wish to access the Parent Portal for teacher email links and attendance records must also have the online forms completed to access their portal.
“It is important to complete these online forms because this allows your child’s school to know important medical information, where the bus is to pick your child up, emergency contact information and allows your child to use electronic devices in school,” writes QACPS.
A separate form must be completed for each student. To get started visit the website at http://qacps.schoolwires. and click the 2017-2018 Back to School Forms link.
Users will need to enter a “snapcode” sent to the email address registered with the school last year or by contacting the school’s front office. The code is also available on the student’s most recent progress or report card. Then, enter your student’s snapcode, which is a “key” for the Back to School form.
QACPS is the first district in the state to use this program to collect student data entirely electronically online. The program was an option last school year.
The deadline to complete the forms is Sept. 5 — the first day of school, but student’s electronic devices will not distributed by the schools until the forms are completed either, said Assistant Superintendent Gregory Pilewski.
If parents/guardians do not have electronic access, they can go to their community school or come to the central office and staff will be available to assist them with the process, he said.
“Completing the electronic back to school forms by our parents and guardians are absolutely critical for our school system to keep every child safe and secure. The forms range from providing emergency information to acknowledging the Acceptable Use of Technology Policy. We are encouraging parents to help us in communicating with other families about the importance of completing the forms as soon as possible,” Pilewski said.