Coweta County students head back to school Aug. 6
From STAFF REPORTS
Coweta County students head back to school Monday, Aug. 6, and new student registration is ongoing through summer.
Pre-planning for all teachers begins on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Orientation times are:
• All middle schools, 10 a.m-noon
• All elementary schools, noon- 2:00 p.m.
• All high schools, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
School bus routes for the new year will be posted on the school system’s website at least one week before school begins. A representative of the transportation department will be available at each school during the Aug. 3 orientations and on the first day of school to provide information on bus routes.
Parents who wish to sign their children up for the Coweta County School System's (CCSS) tuition-based After School Program will be able to do so Aug. 1-3. The program is filled on a space-available basis.
New students are registered at the Registration Center, which is located at 167 Werz industrial Drive in Newnan, off the Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard/ Highway 34 bypass near Bullsboro Drive. To register a child for school, contact the Central Registration Center at 770-554-5551 for an appointment.More information about registration and printable registration forms can be found online at www.cowetaschools.org/registration. A student must attend the school in the district in which his or her residence is located. To find out which elementary, middle and high school districts serve an address, call the Coweta County School System Transportation Department at 770-254-2820.
Students already enrolled in a Coweta County school – including those attending CCSS pre-Kindergarten classes during the 2011-12 school year – do not need to re-register. Georgia law requires students to be 5 years old by Sept. 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten and 6 years old by Sept. 1 to enroll in first grade.
Parents who have not yet registered their children for school are urged to do so as soon as possible. The Central Registration center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. throughout the summer.
To enroll a new student in school, parents will need to provide the following items:
• A state-issued, certified copy of the student's birth certificate. Hospital certificates are not accepted.
• Social Security card
• Proof of residence in the form of two items from the following list, required for address verification: Property tax records which indicate the location of the residence; mortgage documents or a security deed which indicates the location of the residence; apartment or home lease or rent receipt indicating the current address; current electrical bill or application for electrical service showing the current address (please bring the entire bill, to show electrical service and address); voter precinct identification card or other voter documentation indicating the current address.
• State ID or drivers license, which must be current and not expired. Students may only be registered by a biological parent or legal guardian. Proof of custody or guardianship is required if the registering adult is not the birth parent.
• Custody papers, if relevant. If parents are divorced, they must provide a copy of custody papers. Legal guardians also are required to provide a copy of custody papers, and guardians must live in the appropriate school district.
• Last report card, or withdrawal or transfer form with grades. This information is required at registration to facilitate records requests and class placement.
• Immunization certificate, in the form of a Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) immunization certificate Form 3231 or a signed 30-day waiver.
• Hearing, dental and vision certificate (Georgia Form 3300) or a signed 120-day waiver.
• Authorization for release of Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or student records, required if a student is receiving special education or gifted services. If an IEP or other information that establishes eligibility for services is not presented at the time of registration, services in the Coweta County School System may be delayed until records are received by the school.
• Emergency contact information. Students must have a contact name and number on file at the school by the first day of attendance.
Immunization and Hearing-Dental-Vision certificates can be obtained from the Coweta County Health Department (770-254-7400), or from a family physician.
Students transferring from another Georgia school should already have certificates available from their previous schools. Short-term waivers may be requested during registration to allow parents time to obtain the certificates, but students may be withdrawn if certificates are not filed by the end of the waiver period.
Because punctual and regular school attendance at all grade levels is important to a child’s educational success, all parents are urged to make sure that their child begins class at the Aug. 8 start of the new school year.
Coweta County high schools operate on a block schedule system, which allows students to complete a full course earning one Carnegie Unit in one semester. Therefore, missed classes at any point during the semester will result in significant lapses in instructional time, which can seriously jeopardize a student’s success.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2012-13 SCHOOL YEAR
First day of school – Aug. 6
Labor Day – Sept. 3
Fall Break – Oct. 8-9
Election Day – Nov. 6
Thanksgiving Nov. 19-23
Christmas/New Year’s Break – Dec. 21-Jan. 2
MLK Birthday – Jan. 21
Winter Break – Feb. 18-22
Holiday – March 15
Spring Break – April 1-5
Last day of school – May 24