MT. VERNON – Returning students will now have the chance to register online for Mt. Vernon Township High School instead of going through the more lengthy in-person registration.
School officials say the new system will streamline the registration process and make it much easier for parents and students.
“Our hope is that the majority of returning students can, in effect, complete the registration process online,” said MVTHS Principal Wes Olson. “(They are) going to have the ability to register in our system, pay fees, and update emergency contacts from home. … We're trying to make things easier for families, in particular, by digitizing it and streamlining it that way.”
The traditional in-person registration will still be available on Aug. 5, 6, and 7, for freshman students new to the district or for returning students who wish to register that way.
School officials, however, are encouraging online registration for all returning students and for freshmen who have attended one of the grade schools in the MVTHS district. These students' information will already be in the district's system, said Rob Pipher, MVTHS assistant principal.
By the end of this week, parents of students in the system will receive a letter with information on how to log in to register online. MVTHS will also be advertising the new program via email, Facebook, and Twitter.
In the near future, there will be a link on the district's website, www.mvths.org, that parents and students can click on to begin the registration. The last date to register online will be Aug. 7.
Pipher estimated that it will likely take five to 10 minutes to register online. In-person registration typically takes much longer because you have to wait in different lines.
“We're trying to encourage the online registration,” Pipher said. “It will save them time and effort.”
Officials hope the online system will also cut down on waiting times for those who do have to register in person, since there will be fewer people choosing that option. The district will also have computers available at the school so students that don't have Internet access can register online, Olson said.
This is the first time MVTHS is offering online registration and if all goes well it will become a permanent fixture, Olson said.
“Overall, we think the process is going to be helpful,” Olson said.