Monday, March 25, 2019

Student Information System

After an in-depth evaluation by staff and administration the Board of Education has approved migrating our Student Information System (SIS) from Infinite Campus to PowerSchool. Some of the major factors in the decision to make the change include:
  • Local support and hosting from Kent ISD
  • Better integration with our special education and behavior management software
  • Open architecture that supports third party applications
  • Lower cost
While implementation planning is still in progress some considerations and a general timeline are outlined below:
  • We will complete the 2018-19 school year on Infinite Campus.
  • We will start the 2019-20 school year on PowerSchool.
  • The development of a training plan is in progress.
  • You will see a preview of the PowerSchool grade book and attendance at a staff meeting prior to the end of this school year.
  • Comprehensive online resources will be available before the end of this school year.
  • We will start the data migration in May and will run both systems in parallel during the month of June.
  • Trainers will be available in buildings after school starts to assist with grade book and attendance questions.
Migrating to a new student information system is no trivial task. It will affect almost everyone to varying degrees. However, we will have much better local support from KISD and the PowerSchool online resources are excellent. Information on demonstrations and access to online resources will be forthcoming.

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