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Birmingham District Saves Parents Time With New Registration System
City Schools (BCS), a large urban school district serving
implemented a new registration system this year in an effort to save
district money, protect it from potential legal problems and, most
save parents and district staff members time.
Gateway, from SRC
Solutions, can be used by parents
registering their children for school from anywhere at any time. Parents
the freedom to take as long as they like to complete the process,
can also go quite quickly — particularly if another student in the
already been registered.
estimated that BCS will save costs related to personnel hours, paper and
printing," said Sherene Carpenter, attendance coordinator for BCS. "The
goal is to save time."
one component of the new registration system, which the district just
began using this year, she finds particularly helpful is the safeguards
sure that only "clean data" is put into the system, meaning district
do not have to go back and make corrections.
the system is aware of all the potential addresses in the school
district's boundaries. As a result, it has a type-ahead address function
a parent were to make a mistake when typing in his or her address, the
will self-correct immediately before moving on to the next step.
any potential Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
concerns, medical forms that parents fill out with information about
children is forwarded directly to the district's medical staff, avoiding
need for anybody else to have access to it.
first student in a family is registered via Registration Gateway, the
process is much quicker for successive students in the same family,
taking less than half the time as the first.
process also asks for information for younger children in a given
family, potentially giving the district data and information that can
upcoming years with plans for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes.
also employs voice prompts and offers the possibility for the district
to sell advertising on the site, further defraying the cost.
"The registration process is more streamlined and organized," for the
district that serves more than 25,000 students in 49 schools.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.