New Service Allows Parents to Check Students' Progress Online

Education was on the minds of parents and educators at one Hodge Elementary School last evening, where they have a  new way parents can track their kids' progress. It's called Parent Connect, and it links parents with every type of information they need on how their children are doing at school. And it's accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For many parents, just making it to an evening PTA meeting is tough, so making it to school in time to talk to teachers can be even tougher. "As parents we, don't always have time to go to the schools," said Dumaka Moultrie, who attended last night's meeting.

Parents are excited the new program. Moms and dads who sign up will be assigned a user name and password, with which they'll be able to log on to the internet and check their children's progress. "It's a tool to increase partnership," explained Donna Myers Oliver, the school's principal.

Parents will be able to check everything: grades, attendance, conduct, homework assignments. Assistant principal Errol Roach sees its value as an educator and as a dad. "It will really keep her on task because she'll know her parents can log on to find out test grades, her homework assignments," he said. "She won't be able to pull anything over our eyes because we'll be very much aware."

Principal Oliver hopes all parents sign up for this service. "Any time parents are more involved, children do better," she said. "And when parents stay on top of information, they can address issues before they become problems."

Educators hope that this will encourage parents to stay on top of their kids' academic progress as well as encourage an open line of communication between them and their children's teachers. And the best thing about this service is that it's free and should be in all Savannah-Chatham County public schools by November.

Reported by: Holly Bristow,