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Published February 09, 2010, 09:28 PM

Tri-County School Makes Student Information Available To Parents Online

Students in one Minnesota school will no longer be able to hide poor grades or attendance from their parents. Tri-County School in Karlstad now makes all that information available to parents through their website.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Students in one Minnesota school will no longer be able to hide poor grades or attendance from their parents. Tri-County School in Karlstad now makes all that information available to parents through their website. Parents can now see health records and what events are coming up at the school. They now have access to everything about their children that administrators do.

For Nick Amb and other parents of students at Tri-County school, their kids' grades are just a click away. The school's website now has a portal for parents to get up-to-date information about what's going on in the classroom.

Nick Amb/Teacher and Parent: "It just keeps your kids a little more accountable, knowing that Mom and Dad know what's going on."

Parents got activation codes for the site with their children's report cards. To use them they simply can go to the website and click on HS parent portal.

Heidi Spilde/Secretary/Site Administrator: "Their activation keys to get them rolling just started. I have had parents that have locked in and have liked it."

Parents got activation codes for the site a week and a half ago. They can now know how their child is doing throughout the school year, not just when report cards come home. They say so far their kids have had no problem with it.

Nick Amb: "I think they think it's a positive thing, but they've always been fairly open and honest with us about what's going on in the classroom."

The site also shows parents upcoming assignments, as well as grades for each assignment. Teachers say they think it's a good idea, even though it has made more work for them.

Nick Amb: "It's a little bit more stress for us as teachers, knowing that we need to keep our grade books up to date."

At this point the site is just open to parents of high school students. It should be available to everyone towards the end of the year.

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