"One of the key things we want to see when we educate any student, any child is that there is a connection with parents and with the schools," said Ralph Valenzisi, Norwalk Public Schools Chief of Technology, Innovations & Partnerships.
Norwalk Public School parents will now have a portal to their children progress starting Friday, November 22nd.
Valenzisi said "We do have a student information system and that's what teachers put their online grades in. So the portal is really a window into our student information system, for parents to see what's going on."
Available for grades 6 through 12, the p ortal will allow parents to view their child’s grades, and attendance, as well as direct communications with teachers.
Catherine Orgovan, a technician who worked on the portal said, "A big word around the district is transparency. Parents can be more actively involved with their student, what the grading processes are, communication with the teachers. Be a more involved parent. Being more aware of "Uh, no I have no homework" "Uh, yes you do."
Patty Granata, a techinician who works on the student database said, "They can log in and see report cards that maybe don't get sent home from the students and then this way they can really go in and check on everything."
On Friday, November 22, an email notification from firstname.lastname@example.org will go out to all parents with registered emails with the Norwalk Public Schools providing a link to the portal for the initial registration. If any parents or guardians do not receive the parent portal notification at that time, they should contact their child’s school to verify or supply their email address.