QA’s back-to-school forms must be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cally this year

Record Observer - - School - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

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.

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