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Help Your Child Succeed in Edgefield County Public Schools with PowerSchool

By James Wise
web posted August 19, 2009
TECH TIPS – As a parent of two boys and the husband of a teacher, I believe that a key component to a child’s success in school is parent involvement. If your child is in an Edgefield County Public School, there’s now an easy way for you to keep up with your child’s grades, attendance, etc… over the Internet using “PowerSchool.”

To access the system, go to https://ps1901.edgefield.k12.sc.us/public/home.html. You’ll need a username and password. This information was probably provided when you registered your child for school this year. If you don’t have it, it will need to be obtained by a parent or legal guardian from the school in question either in person or via the mail. Usernames and passwords will not be given out over the phone or via email. This information is student specific so if you have more than one child, you will have multiple usernames and passwords.

The system seems straightforward. There isn’t much you can see or do now but I’m sure that as school starts, more and more information will be available. To access different topics, use the toolbar at the top of the window and click the desired topic. Note that the “PowerLunch” module isn’t in use at this time (it might be used in the future). As a result, the “Balance” section may not be used currently.

If you would like to email one or more of your child’s teachers, you can go to the “Grades and Attendance” section. Simply click on the name of the teacher you want to mail to create an email.

There’s a pretty good overview tutorial with additional information and examples that you can see by visiting: http://www.edgefield.k12.sc.us/technology/ps/parents/parentportal.htm. If you have problems getting PowerSchool to work, you may need to review the school district’s recommended browser settings: http://www.edgefield.k12.sc.us/technology/PS/InternetExplorerSettings_Powerschool.pdf. In my case, PowerSchool worked without making any changes.

There’s a lot of other useful information for Parents and Students available from the District’s website as well including links to the websites of each school. You can visit the District’s website by going to: http://www.edgefield.k12.sc.us/. A link to that website is also available directly from the EdgefieldDaily.com website (on the left hand side of the screen). 

As a new school year begins, I would encourage Parents and Students alike to take advantage of all the information that is available!


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