JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Jones County School District has implemented a new online student registration process for the upcoming school year 2016-2017.
Letters were mailed Tuesday to all parents of students who completed last school year in the Jones County School District regarding the new online registration process.
The letter contains a unique Snapcode for accessing their student's record. The Returning Student Form can be found on the Jones County website.
Registration is both in English and Spanish.
High School parents must bring proofs of residency to the school on July 19, 20 or 21 from 8 a.m. -7 p.m. Elementary parents must bring their proofs to the school on July 25 from 8 a.m. -2 p.m. or July 26 from 1 p.m. -7 p.m.
Parents who do not have internet access at home will be able to use a school computer during these specific times to complete their online registration.
Students who are new to the school district may register online using the new Student Registration Form and also come to their appropriate school to provide proofs of residency and any other supporting documentation required.
The electronic format allows families who have more than one child in the district to 'snap' data from one student to another. SmartForm technology, an intuitive tool built into the solution, collects relevant data based on previously entered information or choices. The data submitted by families is reviewed, polished, and formatted to meet district policies and then delivered into the student information system, resulting in up-to-date records on the first day of school.
Jones County School District's Director of Technology Patrick Robinson said it has been about three years in the making.
"Our parents have been asking us for this and as we consider what gets included in the school budget, it's hard to request spending of funds on an initiative that does not directly impact the classroom," Robinson said. "However, our school board has been very supportive of technology and also mindful of the needs of our parents."
Priscilla Sumrall, who works for the Jones County School District's Administrative Office and has children enrolled in the school, said that she has a unique perspective of the registration process.
"I see it from both sides; filling out a substantial amount of paperwork and then interpreting that data to enter into our SIS," Sumrall said. "What's extremely valuable about placing this process online is capturing accurate and imperative data, such as medical information, so that appropriate staff members have immediate access to it."
The Jones County School District has approximately 8,500 students.