Student Information Systems

PowerSource Integrates Bullying Recording Software

A major student information system (SIS) provider is partnering with a company that uses its software to record incidents of bullying.

PowerSchool will incorporate into its SIS the software of HIBster, which records for schools and districts all instances of harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB). The hope is that schools will be able to track incidents of bullying and trends to better manage the problem.

HIBster's program collects and tracks incidents electronically, feeding back to schools and districts the information they need to respond accordingly to negative situations. PowerSchool is one of the more widely used SIS products that manage administrative processes and instructional data. The company said it has more than 40 million users around the world, including 7 million users of PowerSchool Mobile, which can provide real-time information to parents and students.

With the collaboration, HIBster's recording program will feed information on HIB incidents directly into the SIS, allowing administrators more access, more quickly, to information about bullying and harassment in their schools.

"This collaboration will allow schools to seamlessly integrate our software into the school's existing platform, making district officials' roles more effective and efficient in tracking these incidents," said HIBster Director of Education Jim Budzilek.

"Adding this collaboration to our more than 140 other independent software vendor partners helps PowerSchool serve as the hub of districts' educational ecosystems," said Oliver Wreford, vice president of product and marketing at PowerSchool.

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