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New tool for GCPS parents
Online portal to allow access to student info

DACULA - Gwinnett County Public Schools is launching an online portal that will allow parents to access information about their child's education.

The school system's go2 Parent Portal will allow parents to use the Internet to access key information such as grades, attendance, discipline, class schedules and course history, Chief Academic Officer Steve Flynt said.

The school district is piloting the program in the Dacula cluster this fall. Registration is taking place now at Dacula High, Dacula Middle and Alcova, Dacula and Mulberry elementary schools. Registered parents will be able to access the portal after Labor Day.

"Parents are very ecstatic about having this communication tool right at their fingertips," Alcova Elementary principal Carolyn Ford said.

The Parent Portal is not designed to replace existing communication methods, such as Friday folders, Ford said. The online access is designed to make it more convenient for parents with busy schedules to keep up with their child's school information.

To gain entry to the portal, parents will need to log in with a user ID and password. As part of the registration process, parents must visit the school in person to verify their identity.

Adding another way for parents to communicate with the school will be beneficial, Ford said. Research shows building a team between school and home helps improve a child's academic achievement and attitudes about school.

Initially, at the elementary school level, parents will be able to access information about students in second through fifth grade, Ford said. Because kindergarteners and first-graders are graded differently, officials are still discussing how to include their information in the portal.

"We hope to have that pretty soon this fall," Ford said.

A districtwide launch of the program is set for January. Schools, however, may begin registering parents this fall.

For more information about the portal, including a video, visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us and click on "Gwinnett to pilot go2 Parent Portal."