PowerSchool

What is PowerSchool?

The faculty and staff at Holy Family School, Green Bay are enjoying the benefits of the Student Information system’s software, PowerSchool. PowerSchool is web-based student information system (SIS) that gives parents immediate access to student’s grades, assignments, attendance, and lunch balance information.  You may also want to check out the email functions which are marked with a little envelope icon. By checking a few boxes and typing in your email address, PowerSchool will send emails to you with everything from your child’s progress reports to a reminder when your child’s lunch balance gets low. It should be noted however that these emails do not contain any information that cannot be accessed simply by logging into PowerSchool. If you choose to utilize this feature, it would be a good idea to add PowerSchool’s address – powerschool@gbdioc.org– to your address book. Because these emails are auto-generated, some spam filters will assume they are “junk mail” and not allow them to reach your inbox.

What is the PowerSchool Link?

https://gbdioc.powerschool.com/

How do I get a login for Power School?

If you are new to GRACE, you will need your child’s Access ID and Access Password. This is normally sent near the beginning of each school year.

If you have already set up an account from previous years, your account is still active. Just log in with your username and password.

Does the school setup my PowerSchool Parent Portal Account?

No, you set up your own account. Click on the following link: https://gbdioc.powerschool.com/ You will need to click on the Create Account tab. Be sure you have your student’s Access ID and Access Password before you start.

What do I do if I forgot my PowerSchool Parent Portal login user name or password?

On the PowerSchool Parent Portal page is a link called “Forgot Username or Password?” It will step you through the process of requesting your account information. The information will be sent to the email you linked to your PowerSchool Parent Portal account.

Do I have to have a separate account for each of my children?

No! You can have one account with all of your children attached. You just need the Access ID and Access Password for each child.

Can both parents have a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account with different usernames and passwords?

Yes! Both parents can have their own separate parent portal account. You can also allow access for other guardians as well. Perhaps they are staying with their grandmother for a time; you can allow her to setup her own account as well. Just give them the student Access ID and Access Password.

Will the PowerSchool Parent Portal be up all year?

In the event that we do an upgrade to the system, we may take it down temporarily. It will also be inaccessible during the summer when we are updating information and scheduling for the upcoming year.

How quickly will students’ grades and attendance be available in the PowerSchool Parent Portal?

The information is in real-time. As soon as a teacher publishes grades or takes attendance on your child, it shows up in the PowerSchool Parent Portal right away. Grades will be entered in a timely manner. It is not expected, however, that a test or major assignment will be graded and entered into PowerSchool Parent Portal the same day it is completed. Depending on the complexity of the assignment it may be several school days before the grades are posted into the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Please be patient.

Even though I can see my child’s grades online, will students still receive mid-term and report card grades?

Yes, a paper report card will be distributed each grading period. To receive mid-term reports via email parents must opt-in through the PowerSchool Parent Portal to receive a summary report of grades at any time.

Who do I contact with a question about my child’s grades?

Contact your child’s individual teacher with specific grading questions.

How often will my student’s grades be updated?

You will need to discuss this with your child’s school. There is no current policy of how often the grades must be updated.

Will I be able to make changes to my student’s information via the PowerSchool Parent Portal?

Not at the current time. Future updates could include such features, but right now, the only thing you can change via the PowerSchool Parent Portal is your account information and your email preferences.

Do all teachers post grade and attendance information to the PowerSchool Parent Portal?

Third through eighth grade teachers will enter grades. Remember, the teacher’s grade book is a “snapshot in time” and not necessarily an accurate reflection of the student’s overall progress or performance. Similarly, the student’s grade average may change depending on the weight or value of graded work.

What do I do if I do not want a particular person to have access to my child, but I already gave them the Access Id and Password?

If this is a custody change issue, you will need to get a court order to prevent a parent from having access to your child’s account, just as you would to prevent them from having access to their information within the school. If this is an auxiliary adult, like an aunt or an uncle who no longer needs access, you can request the school to have the account disabled/removed and the student’s Access ID changed to prevent them from setting up a new account.

Will I still be able to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal if my child transfers to another school?

If a student transfers to another school within GRACE the parent/guardian accounts will still be valid. No further action will be required of the parent to access his/her account.

What happens to my account if my child transfers out of GRACE?

This access is a service offered to all parents/guardians of currently active students. Once a student is withdrawn or graduates from GRACE, the PowerSchool Parent Portal account will be inactivated.

What if I still have questions about my account or can’t get into it?

If you have login issues or need login info, please contact Theresa Neuser  tneuser@gracesystem.org.