Community Portal and Student Backpack

Secure, paperless communication tool.

The SapphireK12™ Community Portal and Student Backpack connects students, parents, teachers and administrative staff through an intuitive interface that is reliable and easy-to-use. Its complete integration with all of the SapphireK12™ modules gives students and parents a powerful portal to view their education progress and communicate with teachers and administrators. Teachers and administrators have the ability to upload and share documents in any electronic format, and the student information system automatically and accurately populates all student data. Students and parents have the ability to access information anytime, anywhere, using an Internet connection and any operating system or browser, and they are automatically notified via email any time new information is available to them.

Online access

  • Ability to update demographic and contact information
  • District, school or class announcements
  • Calendars with events and due dates
  • Grades, progress reports and report cards
  • Unofficial school transcripts
  • Special education documents (IEP, GIEP, 504)
  • Health letters, notifications and information
  • Attendance, discipline letters and statistics
  • Graduation progress
  • Teacher class pages
  • Secure message exchange
  • Interactive course selection with automatic conflict resolution
  • Course instructions and content
  • Homework assignments and submission
  • Fee information and account balances
  • Direct visibility of updates to document center
  • Access to threaded discussions and forums

For parents

The Community Portal gives the district, school and teachers the ability to upload information, post notifications and automatically distribute it to parents with the click of a button. Parents are able to electronically request updates to contact, demographic and health information, and access their child’s academic information through a secure online portal, supporting greater involvement with their child’s academic career.

For students

The Student Backpack enables students to access daily assignments, distance-delivered courses, online tests, online textbooks and teacher notes for the monitoring of academic progress. Absent students can access the same information from home and all students can collaborate with classmates on homework and school projects outside the classroom by utilizing threaded discussions.

College-style interactive scheduling

School districts are able to set up a master schedule, create courses, sections and time periods, and view student enrollment. Students are able to view course descriptions, see available seats and enroll in courses by department or subject through the Student Backpack. Multi-color student schedules are available, and students are notified with real-time feedback if they accidentally enroll for more than one course that is held at the same time.

Paperless Environment Initiative

A true paperless environment provides districts with an opportunity to improve communication while greatly reducing printing, copying, mailing, and administrative distribution costs. With single-location digital document management, any document located in the Student Document Center can be displayed in the Community Portal and access can be granted by user. Any documents that were previously sent home are now saved to the document center automatically, enabling parents to opt out of traditional mailings. This provides significant cost and time savings and improves the timeliness of the communication, data accuracy for the school district, parents and students.