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Schools switch to paperless technologies by Lisa Tang, Palestine Herald
…Elkhart schools will use ZippSlip, an online program that uploads forms and allows people access to them on electronic devices. Parents who do not have internet access at home can use a computer terminal at each campus. “Our goal is 100 percent compliance,” DeFreece said.
Once a student is registered at a school, the program automatically populates the forms with each student’s name, address, and contact information, which will streamline the district’s costs and save parents up to an hour per child. Each campus has a PEIMS (Public Education Information Management System) clerk who coordinates data that schools must submit to receive state funding.
Westwood schools have used paperless technology for two years, mainly for registration, teacher staff development, and classroom activities. Parents receive a code with their report card. When fall registration opens, parents use the code to access the forms and fill in all necessary information online.
“The best part is that most of the repeated info needed for multiple children copies over instead of having to write the same thing again and again for each child,” Luna said. “I remember taking the better part of 30 minutes filling out those packets for both of my kids in the past, and the online forms averaged 10 minutes.”
Westwood’s student handbooks and code of conduct are also available online. Parents can request paper copies…