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Clifton Park pool plan moves ahead

In other district business, parents are now able to access their child's attendance and academic records online.

The new "Parent Portal" student information system requires parents to complete an application online at www.shenet.org and bring it with photo identification to their child's school.

Data such as report card information, class schedule and standardized test scores will be available.

"It's a communication vehicle, and we live in a technological era," Robinson said. "Most people go online at night to find information, and at night there's no one at school. You can go online; you can tap into information about your child. It's the best of both worlds."

The system is currently available for high school and middle school students. Elementary school students' parents could begin bringing in applications starting Monday, Oct. 8.

Robinson said that many teachers already use the system internally.

"A lot of this was spurred back when teachers started using Web sites," he said. "This becomes a natural progression where technology is going. Now it's something we can do systemwide so there's some standardization.""

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