Important Information for the 2018-2019 School Year
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year in Poudre School District (PSD)!
PSD has transitioned to electronic signatures and forms for some processes involved in student registration paperwork completed before school starts.
Below is information pertaining to specific registration documents that are now available electronically.
Student Rights and Code of Conduct
Each year, parents/guardians and secondary students must acknowledge that they have read the Student Rights and Code of Conduct, which is a compilation of rules, policies and regulations regarding student behavior. In years past, this acknowledgement has been in paper form.
This year, parents/guardians will be asked to acknowledge they have read the Student Rights and Code of Conduct when they log into the ParentVUE parent portal. Parents/guardians will not be given access to ParentVUE until they electronically sign the acknowledgment. This box only needs to be checked once per year to gain access to ParentVUE.
Parents of students in secondary schools (6-12): your student will also be asked to acknowledge having received and read the Students Rights and Code of Conduct when logging into StudentVUE for the first time this school year.
Families new to PSD or those who have never accessed their ParentVUE account have received a separate email with instructions for how to log into ParentVUE. If you have questions regarding ParentVUE or StudentVUE, please contact your school.
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
Federal law allows students to receive free/reduced school meals based on federal income guidelines. To be eligible for meal price reductions, families must complete the Free and Reduced Priced Meal application and meet income eligibility guidelines each year. You can apply for free/reduced priced meals online at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application or pick up a paper application at the Child Nutrition office, 1502 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins. All families will also receive emailed information about Free and Reduced Lunch applications at the end of July.
State law allows fees to be charged for certain items and activities including:
· Some curricular and extra-curricular activities
· Participation in athletics
· Kindergarten tuition
· Required consumable supplies and materials
School fees can be paid in two ways:
1. At the school with cash, check or credit/debit card
2. Online via SchoolPay
All families will be emailed information about SchoolPay in PSD’s Back to School Newsletter in early August.
Families who qualify for free/reduced school meals, may also be eligible for waivers for certain school fees.
Information regarding a student’s free/reduced meal status is extremely confidential. Therefore, families must give PSD permission to share this information with staff who need it by completing the Permission to Share Information for Fee Waivers and Programs to Receive Goods and Servicesform. This form is available electronically through ParentVUE (in the left side navigation - select FORMS.) Paper copies are available at your child’s school.
To have certain school fees waived, families must:
1. Be approved to receive free or reduced-price meals; and
2. Complete the Permission to Share Information for Fee Waivers and Programs to Receive Goods and Services form (available through ParentVUE – select FORMS on the left side navigation)
Visit the Parent page on the PSD website for more information about ParentVUE, SchoolPay, Free and Reduced Lunch Applications and the Permission to Share form. Please contact your school with any questions.
Thank you and we look forward to a great year!
Poudre School District
Dear PSD parent/guardian,
Poudre School District uses a mass notification system, called SchoolMessenger, to send various types of communications to parents from schools, departments and the district. Communication methods include phone calls, emails and text messages.
This year, to aid parents in receiving communication in a timely and convenient manner, PSD is implementing new features within SchoolMessenger:
Voice Message Retrieval Line: Beginning August 2, all PSD and school phone calls will come from one main phone number:(866) 316-3462. Please save this in your contacts.
When parents receive or miss a phone call from PSD and/or a school, the voice message will be saved.
Parents can access up to 10 saved voice messages by simply calling back the number above.
If you call from a phone other than the one that received the voice message, you may be prompted to enter the phone number on file with PSD to access the retrieval line.
When you call the message retrieval line, messages will play in reverse order (most recent voice message plays first).
i. Voice messages will play in the language they were sent (English, Spanish, Korean or Chinese).
ii. There is no ability to delete or forward voice messages. This is simply a replay mechanism to hear voice messages parents may have missed.
Text Opt-In: PSD and schools can send text messages to parents with a valid SMS phone number on file in Synergy, PSD’s student information system. In order to receive text messages, parents must:
Have a valid SMS phone number on file in Synergy (Parents can add/change this number via the Synergy parent portal called ParentVUE or by calling their school.)
Opt-in to receive text messages through their mobile carrier (standard messaging rates apply).
i. To opt-in, please text YES to 67587.
ii. Parents will receive an automatic text confirmation that they will now receive messages from Poudre School District (both the district and schools).
Please remember, parent and guardian phone numbers, emails, language for communications and addresses are pulled directly from PSD’s student information system. To update this information, please contact your school.
We look forward to a great year and continuing to communicate with you!
Poudre School District