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Class Notes: Student information system experiences glitches

POSTED: November 6, 2013 12:32 a.m.

The student information system provider used by Gainesville City Schools has experienced nationwide glitches, causing problems for local schools.

“Every district has to have a student information system, because from that ... all grades are submitted to the state,” explained Gainesville’s Director of Academic Programs and Standards Sarah Bell. “(It includes) all student information as far as the courses that they are taking so that they take the appropriate assessments. All of our funding comes from the data that is put in the student information system.”

PowerSchool, the vendor used by Gainesville for its information system, has experienced intermittent outages over the past few weeks.

“From a parental perspective, the important function (PowerSchool) serves is the ability for parents to check their child’s grades at the middle and high school levels so that they can assess progress,” Bell added.

Director of Technology Keith Palmer explained at the Monday work session of the school board that PowerSchool is the largest information system in Georgia. The problem is that the program is allowing only a certain number of users on at a time, Palmer explained. Some teachers, administrators and parents have been unable to get to the information they need due to the outages.

Palmer and Bell said that as of Tuesday afternoon, the system was working.

“So far today PowerSchool has been working as it should, and I hope it continues to do so,” Palmer said.

Applications open for Earhart-Edison Academy

The Earhart-Edison Exploration Academy at North Hall Middle School has opened the application process for rising sixth-grade students for the next academic year.

Seventy-three students are part of the academy this year, all hailing from North Hall Middle. Opening the program to up to 20 new sixth-graders outside the North Hall Middle school zone for next year helps pave the way for the academy to become a program of choice for the Hall County School District.

Also currently accepting applications is the Da Vinci Academy at South Hall Middle School. Approximately 80 rising sixth-grade students will be accepted for the next school year in that program.

All applications are due to their respective schools by Dec. 3.

For more information, visit hallco.org.

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