PSS: Enrollees now at 6K-plus

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Over 6,000 students have enrolled for the Public School System’s new school year and PSS expects a few thousand more to enroll before the resumption of classes on Sept. 8.

Lynette Villagomez, PSS associate commissioner of Accountability, said she is confident that parents will continue to work with PSS in registering their children for the upcoming school year.

“We have over 6,000 students who have registered already and so we have a few more thousand to go, but we are confident that our parents will take the time to reenroll or register their new child,” she said.

Villagomez said some changes had to be made this year, the biggest change being the online registration and PSS no longer accepting paper-based enrollment.

“Reimagining how life is going to be like during this pandemic, we needed to make some changes that will ensure the safety of our families and our community. So with that, we had to reimagine how student registration is going to take place in order to provide safety precautions for families. And so we quickly transitioned from a paper-based enrollment and new student registration to an online platform,” she said.

Registration can now be done in the comfort of your own home, according to Villagomez, and for parents who need a little extra help, PSS is ready to offer help.

“I would like to ask parents to visit the PSS website. Under PSS’ website there’s a K to 12 student enrollment and registration and when parents access that, it provides them with all the information that they need to be able to register new students or re-enroll their child. It can be a little overwhelming but…we are here to help our parents,” she said.

For parents who may not have access to a device or a stable internet connection, Villagomez said PSS encourages them to visit their child’s school.

“Call and make an appointment and come to the school site. [PSS staff] are there to help our parents reenroll or register their child. The devices there…provide step by step process. We have different levels of families who are at different levels of competency, when it comes to using the computer so that’s why we are providing that support,” she said.

Villagomez reminds parents who are going to register online that they need to make sure that they have their documents with them for a smooth registration process.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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