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Kent Banks, with Bachmann G-scale Christmas Trains out of Colorado Springs, runs one of his trains around a track during the Colorado Rail Fair held Saturday at the Pueblo Union Depot.
CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/JOHN JAQUES Kent Banks, with Bachmann G-scale Christmas Trains out of Colorado Springs, runs one of his trains around a track during the Colorado Rail Fair held Saturday at the Pueblo Union Depot.

Parents of children in Pueblo School District 70 will find accessibility and a streamlined process for filing out necessary paperwork this year.

The district launched a new online information packet through Powerschool, replacing a hefty paper packet normally sent home for parents to fill out about their students.

The information includes emergency contact info and other important things about students.

There was an initial snafu with the system as it was prepared to go “live” on the first day of school, but the District 70 technology staff was able to fix the problem and parents were using the online form by Aug. 14.

“We hit a glitch when we wanted to go live, and some parents were getting upset because they couldn’t get on,” said Tim Yates, director of technology for District 70.

“We researched and realized that it wasn’t a problem on our end with our network, but instead a problem with Infosnap (the company which provides the online form technology).”

Essentially, although Powerschool and Infosnap were known to work together in other school districts, there was a communication error between the two software programs that prohibited initial use of Infosnap for District 70.

The companies figured out the bug quickly and by Wednesday morning, District 70 employees with students were testing the system with success, so a district-wide call was placed to let parents know the system was up and running.

Yates said he’s pleased District 70 is able to offer the online form technology and hopes it will save parents time and make things a little easier.

“There used to be a huge packet of information from the schools to fill out.

And let’s say you have three kids. Then you’re sitting and filling out three sets of paperwork, with a lot of the information the same,” Yates said.

“With this system, you go in and fill it out and then you can ‘tag’ your other kids and a lot of the information migrates over, so you don’t have to fill it all out again.”

To access Infosnap and fill out the necessary paperwork, parents must first login through Powerschool (or create a Powerschool account for new students). Once logged in, a parent can navigate from the main screen by clicking on the plug-in icon in the upper right hand portion of the screen.

The main page of District 70’s website has detailed information about how to use Powerschool as well as how to access the Infosnap portion. Downloadable documents walk users through step-by-step.

If parents still encounter any problems, Yates said they should contact their child’s school directly.

For parents who do not have internet access at home, Yates suggested the public library, or said schools can work with families on an individual basis to get the forms filled out.

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