The Cherokee County School District is trying to make the first days of the new school year a little less hectic with a new, online, paperless back-to-school registration system for students already enrolled. AJC FILE

Cherokee County back-to-school forms go paperless

After two years’ work by its information technology staff, the Cherokee County School District has launched its “Back-to-School Gateway,” a paperless, online registration system for students already enrolled.

The system replaces the “first day forms” with a digital check and update of students’ contact and emergency notification information, officials said. Parents are asked to complete their children’s online registration by Friday, Aug. 3. The gateway is at: https://update.cherokeek12.net/

“We have heard parents’ and front office staff’s concerns, and thanks to the hard work of our Office of Technology & Information Systems staff, we have found a better way,” Superintendent of Schools Brian V. Hightower said.

Parents can click through screens to confirm or update contact information, apply for free or reduced-price lunch, and print out special forms, such as for medications and allergies. Required state and federal information forms also are part of the system. Information: https://bit.ly/2LwnAoP

“This system is much better for parents, but it also increases the accuracy of vital information, and saves taxpayer dollars by eliminating paper costs and staff time spent processing paper forms,” Hightower said.

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