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School Crossing

By Guy Nahmiach

So you've just enrolled your child into a Jeffco School. Now what?

Jeffco has created a network of websites that will facilitate paying bills, ordering services and even checking on attendance. This eliminates the need to take any time off from work and stand in line. Simply log on and navigate to the service you need from the comfort of your living room, kitchen or even your desk at work.

One link will get you started for all your needs: JeffcoPublicSchools.org

Once there you can click on the orange “Families” tab which will take you to the “Family Portal.”

This is the starting line for paying school fees on “JeffcoConnect.” Grades, homework and attendance can be checked using “InfiniteCampus.” Visit the “Nutrislice” to see the menu at your school’s cafeteria. You might also want a direct link for emergencies and school closures. “Schoology” is one of my favorites. Training tutorials to help students with their classes. Also a venue for parents to ask questions on specific issues. This is a new but really great resource.

I know it's a departure from the face-to-face interactions. This does not eliminate the options you have in going to the school office and asking your questions in person. Principals usually pride themselves on having a great front office staff. After all, they are the first people you meet at every school. But when you start to have multiple kids in more than one school at a time, all the driving, parking and walking becomes a little old.

“Jeffco SchoolMessenger” allows you to sign up for how you want to be communicated with: text, home or cellphone and even email. This, by the way, is offered in multiple languages.

MyPaymentsPlus” is a service that allows parents to pay for school meal fees online. “InfoFinder” is a fun one. Type in your address and school and get the bus route that is designated for your student. Or on a more serious note, we have “Safe2Tell,” a way for you to anonymously report issues or incidents that concern or pose harm to you, your friends or your community. No, it doesn't mean that you can report your parents for bad lunches – I had to endure 10 years of making disgusting peanut butter lunches.

The district has done a great job in making these important services available online. They are breaking down language barriers, technology preferences and just making the overall process user-friendly. Take a deep breath, let it go and smile, it's going to be an awesome year!