A little more than 24 hours into Crowley ISD's first-ever returning-student online registration process, close to 10 percent of the returning students had registered for the 2012-13 school year.
"When I took over a couple of years ago, I made a couple of promises and one would he to have online access for parents and then we would work on online registration," said Jerry Allen, the director of technology resources for Crowley ISD.
In the first 24 hours alone, 1,255 of the CISD's 14,190 returning students had already registered.
Not only has online registration eliminated 51 pages of paperwork per student, but it has eliminated a hundreds of employees hours to process the mountains of paper.
In the first 24 hours alone, the district saved more than 64,000 sheets of paper or 128 reams. If every student registered online, it would save the district $8,000-10,000 in paper costs alone.
Allen said the ultimate goal would be to have every returning student register online, but he'd be happy with 50-80 percent registration this year.
Online registration at https://has.crowley.k12.tx.us/homeaccess/ will continue through the day prior to the first day of school.
In July, parents of returning students were mailed an information sheet as well as a postcard, which included their unique username and password. The district has set up a help desk number 817-297-5255 (available Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) to help with any online problems or to provide parents with their username and password.
"Among other things, this new service will allow you to view your student's attendance and grades, schedule, progress, assignments and emergency information," the letter reads. "We are very excited about how Family Access will help you stay informed about your student's progress and hope that we can use this tool to create a stronger relationship between parents and our school community."
For those parents who don't have access to a computer with Internet, they can visit their student's school and fill out a paper copy or a computer will be made available at the school for the parents to register their students online.
In addition to a username and password, a valid driver's license number is needed for online registration, while those filling out a paper version will need a driver's license as well as a current copy of a utility bill.
Allen said it will take 10-20 minutes to complete online registration per student. Families with multiple students must register each student individually.
"We wanted it to be very quick," he said. "We wanted someone to be able to do it on their lunch break or break at work."
Currently, an autofill feature isn't available for families with multiple students, but Allen said the district is looking to add that feature next year.
Also, online registration is only available in English. Next year, a Spanish version will be available.
"Our Spanish population is growing and we need to focus on them as well," Allen said.
Registration for new students must be done on their specific campus.