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District transitioning to paperless report cards in 2014-15

June 25, 2014—Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, Guilderland Central School District will be transitioning to a paperless report card system for all students, grades K-12. Report cards will no longer be sent or mailed home; instead, parents will be able to access and review their child’s report card online via the district’s SchoolTool Parent and Student Portal.

The shift to a paperless reporting system began earlier this school year, when the high school transitioned to providing online-only progress reports. In addition, report cards for students at all levels have been available on SchoolTool since the fall, providing an option for parents to view them online even before printed copies were sent home.

“Making the move to an exclusively paperless reporting system has many benefits,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Demian Singleton. “Not only does the shift save money in terms of printing and postage, but more importantly it provides real-time access and online storage for student grades as they are recorded by teachers. Parents no longer need to worry about missing or misplacing their child’s report card as all of the information will be available on their individual parent portal account throughout the year.”

In addition to housing student report cards, the district’s SchoolTool Parent and Student Portal also provides parents with detailed access to student attendance, assignments, grades, and scheduling. GCSD students are also able to create an account on the portal using their school-issued e-mail address and will see the same information as parents upon logging into their user account.

“The portal is an incredible tool for engaging parents and students in the day-to-day happenings of our school buildings,” said Singleton, “and gives parents the ability to stay informed about their child’s educational program unlike ever before.”

If you have not yet created a SchoolTool Parent and Student Portal account, please be sure to do so prior to the beginning of the new school year. Visit the SchoolTool Parent and Student Portal home page on the district website to learn more about creating, accessing and using your account.