Elementary parents in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 can view their students' report cards online beginning Friday as the district uses an Internet-based system to distribute such information for the first time.
Parents can log into the eSchoolPlus home access system beginning at 4 p.m. Friday to review report cards from the first quarter.
The system already allows parents to view attendance and contact information, as well as check class assignments at the beginning of the year, so "the natural progression is for report cards as well," said Kathy Pease, assistant superintendent for elementary education.
The move to online report card access for elementary students follows the same switch made last year for the district's middle school and high school students.
Pease said students and parents at those levels are even more accustomed to going online for grade books and other school-related information, also using the eSchoolPlus system.
Some of the district's 21 elementary schools serving students in parts of Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook and Plainfield have hosted workshops to teach parents how to log in and access report cards and other information on eSchoolPlus. But building secretaries are willing to help if parents still are unsure how to use the system, Pease said.
Printed copies of report cards will not be going home Friday, but they can be made available if necessary.
"Parents can request a printed report card from their school if they don't have Internet access," Pease said.
No other changes have been made to the reporting of elementary grades, Pease said.