Schools Move To New, More Secure Information System

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

The state has mandated that all school districts begin using a web-based server called "Infinite Campus."

The system will allow the school to more efficiently keep track of student records.

But it will also tighten the reigns on your child's privacy by eliminating a key piece of information.

In the past, it's been hard for parents and teachers in Warren County to keep track of their students information.

For the past few years, the Warren County Public School System has been using the "Student Technology Information" program, or "STI," a server-based system.

"Our older system, we were having a lot of difficulty with it, because of high volume that we have," explained Marilann Melton, director of Student Services for Warren County Public Schools.

But now the school system, along with the rest of the state, will be upgrading to a web-based system which lets teachers post vital information easier.

It will also give online access to both parents and students.

"We open a portal which students and parents can look at grades and assignments. We can open it up to look at discipline. There's any number of things," Melton said.

Warren Central High School Media Specialist, Marion Napier says one of the biggest and most important changes in the system will be removing the use of Social Security numbers as password codes.

"We no longer use Social Security numbers because that is personal information and we don't want that out in any shape, form or fashion," Napier said.

Instead, the system will give students, teachers and parents 10-digit identification codes that they will use to log in.

Students will keep the same code no matter what school they attend in the state and they'll keep the code until they graduate or move out of the state.

Napier says she hopes this online program will mean more security as well as enhancing the education for students and teachers.

The Warren County Public School system began its transition to "Infinite Campus" after fall break.

They are 1 of 19 pilot school districts in the state.

Every school district in the Commonwealth is expected to be on the program by the end of 2008.


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