Skyward Conversion Update

Skyward Family Access Coming Soon!
Currently, the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is in the process of converting its student information system from Infinite Campus to Skyward. The conversion goes far beyond simply “converting data from one set of parameters to another.”  It involves lots of coordination, communication, set-up, training, and the conversion of years of data.  It is a massive project that “touches” everyone - students, parents, teachers, secretaries, and administrators.

Family Access (Replacing Parent Portal)
We appreciate your patience as we work to implement each Skyward feature.  “Family Access” (similar to Parent Portal on Infinite Campus) will be available on October 30, 2017.  It will enable parents to look up things like schedules, attendance, and grades on any personal device!  In the meantime, we will be using paper printouts for schedules and grades.  If specific information is needed, it is available at the Main Office in each school.

DURING OUR CONVERSION...

  • For Student Records (e.g., schedules, attendance records, and transcripts) go to the school Main Office for assistance.  (Parents must bring a photo ID or Driver’s License.)  

  • Progress Reports and Grade Reports will be distributed (paper copies) until the conversion is complete.

  • Student Fees (e.g., payments, school fees, food service fees, athletic fees etc.) can only be paid at the school using cash or check.

New Systems - New Processes
Each computer program handles data in a different manner.  Whenever any one of these variables is changed, the data and the process for inputting, editing, and using the information must also be adjusted. From attendance and medical records to report cards and transcripts there are slight differences in the system that must be addressed during the conversion.  In addition, there is a lot of training involved.  All summer, training workshops were held for secretaries, counselors working with student schedules, and administrators.  In August, Skyward Teacher Trainers (educators from each school) stepped forward to learn the system and provide training at their building so teachers could set up their grade books.   

 

Our step-by-step approach is helping our conversion go well rather than fast. We are excited about our conversion and will be providing “Family Access” information to parents/guardians as soon as it is available. Again, we appreciate your patience during the conversion.