Garnet Valley School District

Technology Snapshot

Like all school districts, Garnet Valley uses a lot of systems, acronyms, and technologies that can sometimes seem overwhelming for our parents who do not use these terms and technologies in their daily lives. The information, clickable links, and help guides below are there to help ease the learning curve for our parent community. If you have questions or issues using any one of the apps or sites below, please contact techsupport@garnetvalley.org. Please be sure to indicate which school your child attends.

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Alma

Alma is Garnet Valley's Student Information System (SIS). An SIS is a system for schools to manage student data. Student information systems provide capabilities for registering students in courses, documenting grades, transcripts, results of student tests and other assessment scores, building student schedules, tracking student attendance, and managing many other student-related data needs in a school. It is important for parents to maintain accurate contact information in Alma at all times as all parent communication is sent using this data. Alma is Garnet Valley's official grade book and attendance system so parents should check Alma weekly to see their child's most up-to-date and accurate grades as well as attendance information. Student and parent usernames are firstname.lastname in Alma so if you forget your password, please hit "reset password."

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Safe2Say Something PA allows students or parents to anonymously report information to school administrators. Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.

The function of the system is not to replace our current reporting system but to enhance it with the ability to report anonymously if the reporter is not comfortable with the traditional reporting systems such as face-to-face, email, and telephone.

This new system has replaced the Anonymous Alerts program that Garnet Valley has been using for the past few years.

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SNAP (Parent Health Portal)

Parents and legal guardians that have an email address in Alma should have received their secured login credentials to the SNAP Health Portal. The email came from noreply@studentehr.com. Please check your spam folder if you do not remember seeing this notice. Once you log into the SNAP system, please update your child's health information (as needed), including the medication consent section.

eSchool@GarnetValley provides the resources and flexibility for our students who learn best in either a full or part-time digital environment. The program is managed and operated by the Garnet Valley School District faculty, staff, and administration. eSchool@GarnetValley offers a wide range of digital courses and curriculum. Students in grades 6-12 may complete their courses in the Garnet Valley eSchool Studio, at home, or other locations with Internet Access. The courses are taught by Garnet Valley School District teachers. Our program is affordable (for tuition-based students), student-centered, and authentic with proven results. Opportunities include: full and part time original credit classes and also accelerated, credit recovery, and continuous learning courses.

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InfoFinder i is the site has been set up to assist you in finding your student's bus number and bus stop for each school year. There is also a shortcut on the Parent Portal of the district website.

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G Suite (Google Apps for Education) is a core suite of productivity applications that Google offers to schools and educational institutions for FREE. These communication and collaboration apps include Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs and Sites, and a G Suite for Education account unlocks access to dozens of other collaborative tools supported by Google. All of these applications exist completely online (or in the cloud), meaning that all creations can be accessed from any device with an Internet connection.

My School Bucks MySchoolBucks makes school meal payments easy for busy parents on-the-go! Quickly and securely add money to your student’s school meal account using your credit card, debit card or electronic check. You can also view recent cafeteria purchases and check current meal account balances for each student. MySchoolBucks is also now used for student activities payments. MySchoolBucks is backed by Heartland Payment Systems, one of the largest and most trusted payment processors in the United States.

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One to One or 1:1 The Garnet Valley School District recognizes the importance of providing a technology‐rich learning environment to prepare its students for maximum success as they continue their education or enter the workforce. The district’s goal is to provide access to technology, in the form of classroom carts (iPads, Chrome books, Laptops) in all K-8 classrooms with no fee for students or parents. At the high school level (grades 9-12) students have the option to bring their own device or lease a chrome book from the district. This high school program is called PYOD (Pick Your Own Device) and has been in place since 2016.

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Schoology

Schoology (skool-uh-gee) is Garnet Valley's Learning Management System (LMS). An LMS is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of educational courses or training programs. Teachers at the K-5 level have the option of utilizing Schoology as their LMS but all teachers grades 6-12 use Schoology. Please check with your child’s teachers for parent access codes for each classroom so you will be able to stay connected to what is taking place in the classroom. Parents will use Schoology to follow class assignments, due dates, and projects. While Schoology may show grades for certain student work, Alma is Garnet Valley's official grade book and parents should check Alma to see the most up-to-date and accurate grades as well as attendance information.

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School Messenger (Safe Arrival System) gives parents 3 options to report an absence: by phone, by using an App, or logging into the website (directions for each option are included in website below). The SafeArrival reporting system by School Messenger is available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Future absences can also be reported in advance. Parents/Guardians who report their child's absences using the SafeArrival website/app/phone will NOT receive a call from our automated attendance system. Additionally, Parents/Guardians who report their child's absences using the SafeArrival website/app/phone will NOT be required to send in an additional absence note as the reporting system will count as the note*.

SafeArrival uses our student information system (ALMA) to verify all accounts so it is important that parents/guardians use the same email address on file in ALMA when creating their SafeArrival account.

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Seesaw is a software application used in grades K-5 that allows students to build a comprehensive portfolio of work that spans their entire K-5 career, across all classes and grade levels. Parents only sign up once and can see their child’s work across classes and from year to year, completely free of charge.

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Social Media The Garnet Valley School District recognizes the importance of using social media as a communication and learning tool. A few of the of the greatest benefits of using social media has been connecting with stakeholders by delivering real-time information on student achievements, staff innovations, athletic scores, meetings and important updates to our school Web site. Additionally, our district has benefited from these platforms by delivering news and content through tools that our students, parents, and community members use on a routine basis at home.

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