Parents getting new way to look at pupils’ grades

Parents of District 51 students will begin using a new system to view their children’s grades, homework and school news next month.

The school district is swapping out its online school-to-parent communication tool, Parent Bridge, for a new system called ParentVUE sometime in late February. Current users of the system will be notified via email exactly when the change will take effect. The email will include information about how to log into the new system and create a user name and password to access ParentVUE. All ParentBridge accounts will automatically transfer to ParentVUE but accounts will have to be activated on the new site.

Anyone who does not have a ParentBridge account and wants to create a ParentVUE account will have to register for the new system, something they can inquire about at their child’s school.

District 51 updated its student information database a few years ago. The new database did not work directly with ParentBridge software, making the process of placing student information on the parent site cumbersome, according to District 51 spokeswoman Christy McGee. The district sent out a request for proposals for new software in 2012 and settled on ParentVUE, which is a side feature of the new student information database.

As with ParentBridge, parents can use ParentVUE to view grades, homework, school meal purchases, meal account balances, and read about school events and news. Some new features may debut on ParentVUE as early as this fall, according to District 51 Senior Web Developer Jenann Wakefield, including integrated calendars and an application that will allow parents to see ParentVUE on a smartphone.

Old information from ParentBridge will continue to be available on ParentVUE. Anyone having trouble logging onto or navigating the new software should contact their school.


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