- Technology Department
Welcome to the East Grand Rapids Public Schools Technology Page!
Below you'll find information about our Skyward Student Management System, Quick Tips to get started with our district systems, information regarding our 1:1 Student Device program, and some online safety tips too. If you would like to contact us, please find our staff information at the bottom of this page.
Skyward Student Information System
Skyward Family Access for Student Information and Notifications
Parents can securely access all of their student's information on our Skyward Family Access portal. Every district parent of a student in grades K-12 has an account. If you need your password and login ID, use the Forgot my Login/Password link on the sign-in page (click here for instructions). Skyward Family Access is Available at egrps.org/skyward
Reporting an Absence
East Grand Rapids manages student absence requests using our Skyward Family Access system. Parents can submit an absence in advance of the date or on the day of a child's absence. Absence requests can be edited or deleted right in Skyward for a short time after entry. To modify a request that has already been processed, simply create a new request with the corrected information. You can also use the comments field to share detailed information about your child’s absence.
Please find detailed instructions for submitting an absence for your student here.
Skylert Emergency Information System
Using our Skylert Emergency Information System, parents can customize information alerts they receive from East Grand Rapids Public Schools. Please find our instructions at egrps.org/skylert for how to access our Skylert Emergency Information System and set up your family preferences.
Accessing Report Cards or Test Scores
Skyward Family Access also provides a secure way to share report cards and test scores with our families. These can be found in the Report Card/Portfolio link after logging in. Instructions for accessing this feature of Family Access are located here.
Quick Tips to Get Started:
- Find Student Information and an archive of your notifications at egrps.org/skyward
- Using Skyward to enter an absence on a mobile device
- Learn to add and absence using a computer browser
- Manage the phone and text alerts you receive from East Grand Rapids Public Schools
- Access Report Cards and Standardized Test Scores for your student
- Students and staff can download Microsoft Office for up to five devices here portal.office.com
- If you have a visual impairment, learn about our commitment to Online Accessibility
Structure of our 1:1 Student Device Program
Engage 1:1 is a voluntary and encouraged bring your own device program at the middle school and high school levels. Multiple options exist for students to obtain a device including a district provided device program. At the elementary level, learning technology is provided by in the classrooms and do not travel home with students.
Obtaining a Device
Parents will be able to choose from the following options if they choose to provide a digital device for their middle school or high school students. This initiative is voluntary and encouraged:
- Bring a digital device currently being used at home
- Purchase a device
- Participate in the District Device Program
If families are interested in applying for the District Device Program, please find information and an application form here.
Recommended System Specifications
East Grand Rapids Public Schools encourages high school and middle school students to bring a digital device to school. This initiative is voluntary and encouraged. We do not specify an amount of memory or storage needed on a device, the ability to meet current wireless and browser standards is far more important. Digital devices should:
- Be a laptop or tablet with a screen size of at least 10" measured diagonally
- Have the capability of running a current Google Chrome browser
- Be capable of operating on an A, G, N, or AC wireless network with AES encryption
Recommended Web Browsers
We recommend Google Chrome as our district standard browser. This is available for all major device platforms and allows for a consistent browser independent of hardware type. We also recommend having an updated version of at least one additional web browser such as Mozilla Firefox on your device.
Online Safety Links
District Technology Staff:
Kyle Noakes, Manager of Information Systems
Mike Tietz, Manager of End-User Devices and Technology Clubs