Officials say system will allow faster registration, more accurate student records
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Municipal School District has moved its enrollment process online in an effort to keep accurate student records and make the task easier for parents.
The district started using its online registration system in April for new kindergarten students and has since expanded it to include new students enrolling in all grades, said Robert Emerson, the district's executive director of educational services and data management.
"It's been going pretty well actually, people seem to be happy with it," Emerson said.
Since April, about 120 students have enrolled through the district's new online system. Now, all students who enroll in the district must do so online.
The Central Consolidated School District was the first San Juan County public school district to introduce online enrollment last summer.
Emerson said the online system helps reduce the amount of paperwork for parents to fill out, especially if they have more than one child to enroll.
"It's a lot quicker than filling out four sets of forms at four different places," Emerson said.
The Farmington district spent about four months from January to April training employees at each school about the system before it was deployed.
Those enrolling new students can create an account on the district's website and enter the required information. An email address is required to create an account, and the system allows parents to save their progress if they don't finish registering in one visit.
Parents are still required to bring required documents, including proof of residency and immunization records, in person to their student's school.
Computer kiosks will be set up at each school in the district to allow parents with limited or no home internet access to register students.
Emerson said the online system will open up to all students currently enrolled in Farmington schools at the end of the month or early August to allow parents to update contact or health information.
Other area school districts are also considering or implementing portions of an online enrollment system.
Chuck Culpepper, assistant superintendent for the Bloomfield School District, said the district has looked at using an online enrollment system but does not currently have plans to implement one. He said a small number of students enroll each year in the district.
"We're not big enough that it is effective yet," Culpepper said.
The Aztec Municipal School District has conducted online enrollment for middle and high school students for the last two school years and is looking at adding elementary schools for the 2016-2017 school year.
District Director of Technology Shawn Shay said the next update for the district's student information system will allow online registration for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.