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Steamboat Spring School District hoping online registration means end of paper trail

Parents of students in the Steamboat Springs School District are being asked to fill out forms online this year with hopes of streamlining the registration process.

When the 2017-18 school year begins next month, the Steamboat Springs School District will be looking to blaze a new trail to a more efficient world or, at least, move away from the paper trail that has followed students through the district for generations.

For the first time this year, the Steamboat School District is asking parents to fill out paperwork online. Previously, all registrations were completed in person and via paper, and the online registrations are the first step in eliminating the use of paper for enrollments.

The district will accept enrollments through the Infinite Campus system, and a video tutorial about the process can be found on the site.

In the past, important forms have been mailed out during the summer and returned as part of the registration process. That paperwork included emergency contact information, immunization records and residency information.

Deb Ginesta, district administrative assistant, said the new system will cut down on a huge amount of paperwork that had to be sorted and scanned by the office staff each year. It will also allow school officials to put their fingers on vital information more quickly than before.

"We are excited about it, and we hope everybody else is as excited about it as we are," Ginesta said Monday. "We have gone to an online registration process instead of doing all that paperwork that we have to sort and scan each year. We have asked that parents fill out the census verification online, and we have sent an email to all the parents asking them to update their profiles with current addresses and emergency contacts … we have also asked them to upload proof of residency."

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In the next few weeks, she said, parents should log on to their Infinite Campus accounts and update their online profiles, paying particular attention to contact information. Parents also need to go to the bottom, left column, and click on the link for online registration. The forms there are for new and existing students and should be completed. Ginesta said parents may need to provide up-to-date immunization records and proof of residency.

She added that, since the forms are completed online, there will be no need to take care of those details when students check in for school in a few weeks. Fees can also be paid online.

Ginesta said the new system will simplify the check-in process, during which students receive their locker assignments and books and take photographs for student identifications. The process also includes other details that cannot be competed via computer.

She said families who do not have access to a computer or online services can stop by one of the kiosks at local campuses or at the administration offices to fill out the needed forms.

"The great thing is that there will no longer be papers floating around that need to be sorted and given to the right person," Ginesta said. “All that stuff can be found in the student's profile on Infinite Campus."

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