This year Yancey County Schools, will be opening the NC HOME BASE/PowerSchool Parent Portal. This state-wide student information system was first implemented in the 2013-14 school year for teachers and administrators. The second phase of implementation now opens up both the parent and student portals for use this year. Access to the Parent Portal will allow parents to gain helpful information on their child’s attendance, current grades, and other valuable resources. The portal is a “single sign-on” meaning that families with multiple children in Yancey County Schools can link all students to the one username and password set up by the parent(s).
The system will go live on September 5th for all Yancey County School parents as that is the day teachers will begin to input student data. Each student’s data will be updated during the first nine weeks a minimum of every other week, usually being refreshed on a Friday. As teachers become more familiar with the Parent Portal portion of Home Base, they will be expected to have fresh information available to families at the end of every week.
“We feel like this resource for parents will really be a “game-changer” on two levels. One, this will help teachers get timely information to a parent regarding their child’s performance in class, and then two, based on that information, the parents can partner with the school in tackling any issue early before it becomes a bigger problem down the road,” according to Shane Cassida, YCS Curriculum/ Home Base Director. “It is not just a matter of having information. It is about having the right information in the right time. The Parent Portal makes that possible for parents of students in YCS,” he went on to say.
Home Base/Parent Portal Information letters are going home this week to parents of all YCS students. This letter will have information needed for parents to “create their account” for accessing the system. The following link on the Yancey County Schools Homepage (http://www.yanceync.net/parents/power-school-parent), created by Kay Ball, YCS Technology Director, will give parents a quick video tutorial in creating the account and a user guide for getting the most out of their Parent Portal account.