New site connects KISD parents with teachers

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Keller school district parents now can go to a single site to view their child’s grades, assignments, attendance, demographic information and more.

The Home Access Center, new this semester, replaces the GradeSpeed program that parents used to view grades and attendance.

“We had been looking for ways to improve communication, and this really seemed to fit the bill,” said Joe Griffin, chief technology officer.

Griffin said the Home Access Center is offered by SunGard K-12 Education, the same company that provides the district’s gradebook program and payroll system. The new parent piece works seamlessly with the gradebook software, meaning less work for teachers.

Last week, Keller officials sent out emails to parents with login information and password for the site: homeaccess.kellerisd.net.

From the Home Access Center, parents can edit student contact and emergency information, view and request transcripts and class ranking and email teachers.

Teachers no longer have to set up group emails for classrooms or sections of a course; the system automatically forms groups of parent emails and student emails for teachers to use.

The system should save time for educators and families.

“This is the first phase of a true parent portal,” Griffin said. “What our vision is that they can go to one site and get all their information about the school district.”

Later this year, parents should be able to make payments for school lunches, and students can set up course requests for the next school year. Before the end of the spring, the Home Access Center should be compatible with any mobile device.

Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231 Twitter: @SandraEngelland

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