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Ohio School District Achieves 90-Percent Parent Participation in Online Registration

As the Fairview Park City Schools in Fairview Park, OH, begin their second full school year with a new online registration system, 90 percent of parents are participating, easing the paperwork load for administrators and giving all personnel more time to focus on student achievement and less on administration.

According to Danielle Tyler, a spokesperson for InfoSnap, the cloud-based registration management provider built its first solution for Fairview early in 2013 so it could be rolled out when school for the district with 1,800 students in four schools began in September 2013.

By the time the registration period began this summer for the 2014-15 school year, online processes were able to replace the average of 20 paper forms that had to be collected for each student. Those forms that had to be taken home by children, picked up by parents at in-person registration or distributed by mail ranged from medical forms to field trip and military consent forms to home language surveys.

With the widespread acceptance on the part of parents of the online registration, they now are signing multiple documents electronically all at once and, as Fairview begins its second year with the InfoSnap student data collection process, teachers and administrators are better prepared to help students.

"We know our numbers beforehand," said Fairview Student Information Coordinator Patty Yager. "Now, we're truly able to accommodate students who register with a medical condition or who state that English is not their primary language. On the first day of school, we're equipped with the proper staff."

And, Yager said, the new process has reduced the district's administrative chores.

"We wanted to cut down on paper," she said, "We're no longer making packets and running off thousands of sheets of paper."

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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