Parents will be notified Monday that the Beaufort County School District's online student registration system is open for business.
"This is our second year with the new system, and everybody's getting comfortable with it," superintendent Jeff Moss said. "Parents no longer have to fill out paper forms, and schools are cutting back on the paperwork associated with registration each August."
Using "InfoSnap," parents can access customized online forms for each student to update student information, provide emergency contact and vital medical information, read and agree to important notifications and sign up for special school services.
Parents with more than one child in district schools can also copy many basic registration materials rather than filling out separate forms for each child.
Parents receive a unique "Snapcode" for each child enrolled in a district school. Snapcodes will be sent by email on Monday to the families of more than 16,000 students with registered email accounts.
Parents will log into the InfoSnap site using the link provided in the email or letter and create an account similar to what they currently do in the district's "Parent Portal" system. Parents must complete all of the information required before submitting the form, but incomplete work can be saved and accessed later by logging back into their account.
Once the form is submitted, parents will be asked if there is another student to register. Information that is applicable can be copied from the first child's form to the second child's.
Parents who don't have email accounts, who face language barriers or need assistance can register at any one in a series of regional workshops scheduled across the district next week:
- Battery Creek cluster (Battery Creek High, July 22-24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Beaufort cluster (Lady's Island Middle, July 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July 24, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- Beaufort cluster (Mossy Oaks Elementary, July 29-30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
- Bluffton cluster (Bluffton High, July 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July 23-24, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- Hilton Head Island cluster (Hilton Head Island Middle, July 22 and 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July 23, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- Whale Branch cluster (Whale Branch Early College High, July 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July 23, noon to 7 p.m.)
In addition, every school in the district has multiple computers installed on site dedicated to InfoSnap, and parents can sit down with school personnel to complete registration. Parents will still be required to provide proof of residence, either in person at their child's school or by submitting the necessary forms to the school by mail.
If a student is new to the school district, the parents will also need to visit the school first to obtain their Snapcode. Parents are encouraged to complete registration before the beginning of the school year.