We are hoping this page will be helpful for families to connect to important information regarding our schools. If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to your child's school. Also, please remember for tech support, please email our help desk at email@example.com.
- How-To Guides
- Helpful Links
- Information about Communications
- Tech Tips for Families
- Parent/Guardian Tech Sessions
- District Resources Regarding Bullying
- Supports for Families
Please refer to the appropriate guide for supporting connecting and using various resources within the district.
- Accessing and completing the annual student update for your child in PowerSchool
- Device Fees and Online Payment Information and Directions
- Accessing your child's report card through PowerSchool
Accessing and completing the annual student update for your child in PowerSchool
Annual Student Update of Information is completed using Forms, which is located within the PowerSchool Parent Portal for our yearly student update. This annual update is an important step to ensuring the district has up-to-date contact information for all family members and is a requirement for children to participate in after-school activities.
Please look at the options below to determine the steps you will need to take to access and complete the registration.
- Accessing the Annual Update Forms
- If you do not yet have a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account...
- If you need to add a child to your existing PowerSchool Parent Portal Account...
Accessing the Annual Update Forms
If you do not yet have a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account...
If you need to add a child to your existing PowerSchool Parent Portal Account...
What if I am having technical difficulties?
If you are having any issues while in the process of completing your child's registration, please email our IT Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Change of Address
In the event that a student has changed addresses within the town of Coventry, proof of residency for the new address must be on file at your child's school. Please fill out a change of address form, submit your mortgage statement or lease agreement AND a current utility bill for the new address to your child's school. You can do this in one of two ways:
- Fax information to your child's school
- Send information into your child's school
Device Fees and Online Payment Information and Directions
As is practice in previous years, the Chromebook/Device insurance fee for students will be $25. The fee will be assigned to all students in Grades 3-12. Payments can be made online through our online payment system that integrates directly with our PowerSchool Parent Portal. Through this system, families are able to pay the $25 fee online using either a debit or credit card. Please know if you choose to use this option, a small service charge fee will be added at the time of purchase. You may also pay by check (made payable to CHS Activity Fund) or cash by either mailing your payment (with student name and grade) directly to your child’s school or by leaving it in the drop box at your child’s school. If the insurance fee is not paid, any repairs required will be at full cost to the families. Students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch can have this fee waived. If you are unsure of your status or would like to discuss this further, please contact Beth Pratt, our Director of Food Services. You may also complete the attached Addendum form. In addition, if your family is experiencing a financial hardship, please contact your child’s school.
As a reminder, we ask that all students complete the annual update forms, which include the Device/Chromebook Usage forms prior to the start of school. These forms can be found in the PowerSchool Parent Portal as well. To help provide support to all parents/guardians in this process, or with the Annual Update, members of the IT department will be available through our help desk by emailing us at email@example.com. All directions, including videos, have been posted on our website on the Annual Student Update page. In addition, should you have any questions, please contact your child's school.
Directions for Using PowerSchool/eFunds
Accessing your child's report card through PowerSchool
Technology Tools Used at CGS
Links to login pages for resources available at home
Parent Presentation - February 5, 2019
Google Slides presentation
Handout for parents
Technology Tools Used at GHR
Links to login pages for resources available at home
Google Apps for Education (link to Google Drive, from where you can access Docs, Slides and Sheets)
Parent Presentation - February 13, 2019
Google Slides Presentation
Handout for parents
Information about Communications
Coventry Public Schools utilizes a variety of tools to help facilitate communication between school and parents. Please see below for information regarding each of the tools and ways in which you can learn more about how to take advantage of these helpful resources.
PowerSchool Parent Portal
The PowerSchool Parent Portal allows you quick access to your child's grades and attendance, as well as now quickly connects you to our returning registration system (InfoSnap).
The links below provide step-by-step directions to get you started.
How to create a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account
Adding another child in your family to your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account
Accessing InfoSnap Returning Student Registration through the PowerSchool Parent Portal
SchoolMessenger is an automated alert system used for district communications, such as snow days or early dismissals. Alerts are sent through phone, email and text messages. For information on how to opt in to text messages (if you are not currently receiving them), please click on the link below:
Opt in for text messages from CPS
Our website contains up-to-date information about what is happening within our school district and at each of our schools. You can also sign up for email or text alerts when there are calendar changes or news postings. Please follow the directions at the link below to set this up.
Sign up for calendar alerts through our website
In effort to ensure all CPS families and community members are apprised of the most current information and details, we will mirror all school communications on this webpage.
As a district, we use SchoolMessenger for district communications through phone, email and text messages. If you are not receiving messages and would like to, please contact your child's school. Also, if you would like to opt in for text messages (if you are not currently receiving them), please click on the SchoolMessenger section above to learn more about how to sign up.
Additionally, our District Communications Page will contain copies of SchoolMessenger communications that are sent, organized by location.
Tech Tips for Families
Technology is a powerful tool and in today's world, children and families are very connected. Through access and use of various devices, physical barriers are removed allowing 24/7 access to information and resources around the world. Coventry Public Schools strives to incorporate technology in a meaningful way to support student learning and is committed to supporting your efforts at home in this as well. Below are some links and resources we hope you will find helpful.
- General Information and Resources for Parents
- Setting up Parental Controls on Devices
- Parental Control Software and Hardware Reviews
- 4/4/18 Presentation to K-5 Parents
General Information and Resources for Parents
Common Sense Media - independent nonprofit to support technology and media use
Edutopia, Media and Digital Literacy: Resources for Parents
PBS Parents - Children and Media
Connect Safely - nonprofit focusing on technology safety, privacy and security
Setting up Parental Controls on Devices
Parental controls vary by device type. Below are links to external sites that provide supports for parents in setting up these features for most common devices.
Mac Computer - setting up family sharing
Parental Control Software and Hardware Reviews
PC Magazine Reviews - the Best Parental Control Software - annual review of software you can add to devices for parental controls and monitoring
PC Magazine Reviews - The Best Wireless Routers (updated annually)
4/4/18 Presentation to K-5 Parents
Parent/Guardian Tech Sessions
In our ongoing effort to help support families with regards to technology tools used within the district, we surveyed families to see which resources they would like to learn more about. We will be adding the resources from any sessions provided below, which we hope can be a helpful resource to our community.
CT-SEDS - 11/7/2022
CPS Library Media Resources - 11/9-11/2022
Google Apps - 12/6/2022
District Resources Regarding Bullying
Supports for Families
Educational, Safety, Mental Health and Food Insecurity Resources for Families and Students (a listing of various resources from the State of Connecticut)
Community Collaboratives in CT | Wraparound Initiative - to connect to resources in our area to support children's mental health and physical well-being
2-1-1 of Connecticut - a free, confidential information and referral service to support families with connecting to health and humans services - available 24/7
Sparkler - Early Childhood Development - a mobile resource app for families that allows parent sto check in on how their child is doing against key milestones and includes various activities to support learning. Get started today by downloading Sparkler from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Use the code COVENTRY(Directions - English / Spanish) if you live in town or HEEC (Directions - English / Spanish) if your child is enrolled at Hale Early Education Center!
Our building administrators and related services staff are here to support families at any time. Please use the contact information below:
Affordable Connectivity Program for Internet Service
The Affordable Connectivity Program for Internet Service from the Federal Communications Commission provides a monthly discount on internet service for qualifying households and one device discount on a laptop, tablet or desktop computers. Please click the link below to access more information about the program, including eligibility requirements and contacts for families.