PowerSchool is a secure web-based Student Information System (SIS) that provides real-time information for parents and students using the Internet.
PowerSchool allows parents to:
- Access real-time student performance data
- Track assignments and attendance
- View Attendance records
- Monitor Power Lunch balance and transactions
You may also want to check out the email functions which are marked with a little envelope icon. By checking a few boxes and typing in your email address, PowerSchool will send emails to you with everything from your child’s progress reports to a reminder when your child’s lunch balance gets low. It should be noted however that these emails do not contain any information that cannot be accessed simply by logging into PowerSchool. If you choose to utilize this feature, it would be a good idea to add PowerSchool’s address – email@example.com – to your address book. Because these emails are auto-generated, some spam filters will assume they are “junk mail” and not allow them to reach your inbox.
You can access PowerSchool by following this link.
If you are new to GRACE, you will need your child’s Access ID and Access Password. This is normally sent near the beginning of each school year.
If you have already set up an account from previous years, your account is still active. Just log in with your username and password.
Setting up PowerSchool Parent Portal Account
You set up your own account. Click on the following link: https://gbdioc.powerschool.com/ You will need to click on the Create Account tab. Be sure you have your student’s Access ID and Access Password before you start.
Forgotten Username / Password
On the PowerSchool Parent Portal page is a link called “Forgot Username or Password?” It will step you through the process of requesting your account information. The information will be sent to the email you linked to your PowerSchool Parent Portal account.
You do not need separate accounts for multiple children. You can have one account with all of your children attached. You just need the Access ID and Access Password for each child.
If you would like both parents to have access to the same PowerSchool account with different logins and passwords, that is also possible. You can also allow access for other guardians as well. Perhaps they are staying with their grandmother for a time; you can allow her to setup her own account as well. Just give them the student Access ID and Access Password.
In the event that we do an upgrade to the system, we may take it down temporarily. It will also be inaccessible during the summer when we are updating information and scheduling for the upcoming year.
Grade Posting and Attendance
The information posted in the portal is in real-time. As soon as a teacher publishes grades or takes attendance on your child, it shows up in the PowerSchool Parent Portal right away. Grades will be entered in a timely manner. It is not expected, however, that a test or major assignment will be graded and entered into PowerSchool Parent Portal the same day it is completed. Depending on the complexity of the assignment it may be several school days before the grades are posted into the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Please be patient.
A paper report card will be distributed each grading period. To receive mid-term reports via email parents must opt-in through the PowerSchool Parent Portal to receive a summary report of grades at any time.
There is no current policy of how often the grades must be updated, so you will need to discuss this with Holy Cross if you want to know more about the frequency grades are posted. Please contact your child’s individual teacher with specific grading questions.
Third through eighth grade teachers will enter grades. Remember, the teacher’s grade book is a “snapshot in time” and not necessarily an accurate reflection of the student’s overall progress or performance. Similarly, the student’s grade average may change depending on the weight or value of graded work.
If this is a custody change issue, you will need to get a court order to prevent a parent from having access to your child’s account, just as you would to prevent them from having access to their information within the school. If this is an auxiliary adult, like an aunt or an uncle who no longer needs access, you can request the school to have the account disabled/removed and the student’s Access ID changed to prevent them from setting up a new account.
If a student transfers to another school within GRACE the parent/guardian accounts will still be valid. No further action will be required of the parent to access his/her account.
This access is a service offered to all parents/guardians of currently active students. Once a student is withdrawn or graduates from GRACE, the PowerSchool Parent Portal account will be inactivated.
Questions and Concerns
If you have login issues or need login info, please contact the school office for assistance.