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Parents can access student info online

COVINGTON - Parents of students in the Newton County School System again have the opportunity to access student information - like attendance, grades and discipline records - while at home or work.

NCSS officials announced Friday that Infinite Campus is now online and accessible to parents, after being unavailable due to a software upgrade.

Infinite Campus, which is accessible through a link on the NCSS Web site, www.newtoncountyschools.org, is an online program that allows parents to view student information that teachers and schools upload to the site. This program replaces the previous program, StudentTrack, which the school system launched in 2007.

When parents get to the Infinite Campus site, they will need their child's student identification number and birth date to log into the site. Student IDs are available by contacting the child's school if the parent doesn't have it.

"At this time, elementary parents may access student attendance and discipline information," said Sherri Viniard, director of public relations for NCSS. "Parents of middle and high school students will have access to attendance and discipline information as well as class schedules and grades."

School system officials encourage parents to use the portal, citing it as another opportunity for parental involvement.

"Parent involvement is a key indicator of student success, and the Newton County School System encourages parents to be involved in and stay informed about their child's education," Viniard said. "Infinite Campus information is updated daily and is accessible to parents and students on the Newton County School System Web site 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Newton County Board of Education member Cathy Dobbs, a parent of a student in NCSS, said she and other parents appreciate the access.

"I think a lot of parents have got used to it," she said. "Of course, a lot of students aren't going to be excited about it. We check on Thursday to see what we are going to do for the weekend."