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School decides to no longer print report cards

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To save money, paper and time this year the school will no longer print progress reports or report cards to distribute to students.

The school should keep this new policy because students can check their grades on Skyward, last year’s policy pilot worked well and it allows the school to put money toward other departments and projects.

Students and their parents have long had access to Skyward to see their grades, there is even a link to Skyward on the GCISD home page, and so the school offers plenty of opportunity to view grades. Skyward has also created an app permitting students to check their grades when they do not have access to a computer. The school also allows students to come to the library before and after school to check Skyward ensuring all students have equal access to grades, despite not having access to a computer at home.

Some people said they feel students want a hard copy of their report card, but most of the report cards actually just end up in the trash minutes after the students get them. Not to mention, most students in Dual English who were instructed to pick up their report cards in the Counseling Office did not. This was one of the primary reasons why the school decided to offer the option to reject paper report cards last year. Students and their parents were given a choice whether they would like to receive a paper report card when they registered for school. Many of them chose to decline a report card. Students who chose this method were still able to check their grades on Skyward, few of them complained and paper was saved. So the need for paper disappeared.

Previously, every three weeks the school printed roughly 2,000 pieces of paper for progress reports and report cards. This money was then wasted when students threw them out before taking them home, which was the original purpose of printing them. As a result, thousands of dollars were wasted. This money could have been used for things the school is in desperate need of, such as new computers, laptops and other technology. Instead it sat rotting away in classroom trashcans.

If students wish to have a hard copy of their grades, they can either print them from home or they can put in a request to Counseling Receptionist Cindy Notts to print their progress report and report cards.

The school should continue its policy of not printing progress report and report cards because students already have digital access to their grades, last year’s pilot was a success and the school can put the money used for the printing toward other organizations.

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