FORT SMITH, Ark. — Fort Smith Public Schools will begin testing a new system of online registration at Woods Elementary School beginning July 31.  

New and returning students will be eligible for registration online, which officials say will make the process both more efficient and convenient. 

“Online registration gives many parents the opportunity to complete paperwork in a really efficient way,” Fort Smith Superintendent Dr. Doug Brubaker said. “We look forward to offering this service to our families.” 

Woods Elementary was chosen to pilot the registration program because of the size of the school, and the number of students who have internet access. 

“Woods is one of our larger schools, and we felt there might be a few more who would have internet access and were familiar with the online registration process at Woods than at a school with a smaller amount of families and less internet access,” said Dr. Mary Ann Johns, the director of elementary education. 

Parents of new students will even be able to complete informational documents via the web, where they may also upload copies of additional required paperwork, like birth certificates or immunization records. 

Online registration for returning students will be made easier as well. 

Parents of returning students will no longer be required to fill out paper information packets for each of their children. Once a parent has established an online registration account, he or she may simply add subsequent children to the records. 

If parents and guardians would like assistance, they will have the opportunity to register students online during the Wood’s Open House Aug. 10. Computers will be set up in the library media center and Room 202 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Staff will be available to help with the registration process.