NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As students get ready to head back to class, North Little Rock is implementing something new this year. For the first time ever, the district is requiring students to come in and register.
"Eight different stops to make, and they have to be initialed, but the process went pretty well," said Velda Christopher, a North Little Rock parent.
Christopher joined hundreds of other parents in a mass registration Monday. North Little Rock officials said the move is to get parents and the district on the same page.
"The changing world with social media and the texting and email. We do want to get that information updated in our system," said Shara Brazear, District Communications Director.
Brazear said the district will hold registration throughout the rest of the week for high school students, and they eventually want to register all grade levels in the future.
"If a parent stays involved in their child's education, the child tends to be more successful. So, we want to have that avenue open and the best way that we can cover all of our bases for our kids," said Brazear.
Christopher sees registration as a plus and said the process was smooth and worth her time.
"My daughter plays basketball and when she was away for a trip and she was not at school, I got a phone call at the end of the day, 'Your child is not present at school,'" said Christopher.
Students who for some reason can't make the registration will be registered during the first two weeks of school. Seniors registered Monday; juniors Tuesday, sophomores Wednesday and freshmen register on Thursday. There will be a makeup day for any students on Friday. Registration is open at the high school from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and then 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday.