New school year brings change

Superintendent Deb Henton
Supt. Deb Henton

At North Branch Area Public Schools we are always on the lookout for ways to save money and increase efficiency. We also recognize that times are changing and you want information delivered to you in more convenient ways. As in all school years, the upcoming year will bring many examples of change. One of those will take place prior to the start of the year.
Starting in 2017-18, NBAPS will no longer print and mail the Student-Parent Handbook to thousands of families. The process of doing so is very costly to the district in time, postage, and printing.
You may not know that the school district is legally obligated to put the handbook in the hands of families. The school district has been actively seeking ways to deliver the handbook to families more efficiently while also meeting requirements. Starting this year, the Student-Parent Handbook will be distributed to most families as an e-mail attachment. Here are some things to know about this change:
NBAPS will continue to mail the handbook to families that have not provided the school district with an e-mail address. We think that is a good indicator of families potentially unable to access the handbook online.
As our goal is to make the process more efficient and not to inconvenience families, NBAPS will continue to distribute the handbook’s many accompanying forms through the mail. That includes my “welcome back” letter highlighting changes and important facts families need to know prior to the school year. Also included will be the annual pesticide notice, information about qualifying for MNsure, and a pamphlet about ParentVUE and StudentVUE — the school district’s student management system.
Free and reduced lunch forms will no longer be included in back to school packets, but will be sent to all incoming families by food service along with other meal-related information for 2017-18.
The new delivery system addresses the desire by most to have things at their fingertips; parents-guardians will be able to easily access the handbook from any device. However, we recognize that not all families will embrace this change. Those who prefer to receive a physical copy of the handbook can call 651-674-1000 to make that request.
There will be more changes to talk about for the upcoming school year so stay tuned!

 

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