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School registration next week

Posted: July 19, 2011 4:43 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The new school year is in sight with registration for Kershaw County School District students next week.

All elementary and middle schools will register students from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

For high schools, the following schedule applies from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.:

• Camden High: July 26-27 (all grades both days).

• Continuous Learning Center: July 26 (all grades).

• Lugoff-Elgin High: July 26 (9th grade only); July 27-28 (grades 10-12).

• North Central High: July 26 (grades 9-10); July 27 (grades 11-12).

Registrations are held to verify student enrollment and to share information with students and parents concerning class assignments, bus routes, lunch programs, school rules and regulations and other information about the upcoming school year.

“We hold these registration days to provide information to students and parents about the upcoming school year,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. “One thing that we’ve done over the past few years that has been well received is to have all the necessary forms available electronically.”

Morgan said the forms are accessible under the Parents Section at www.kershaw.k12.sc.us

 “Parents can download these forms and bring the completed ones with them,” said Morgan. “This really helps cut down on the amount of time that persons have to spend at registration, especially if they have children in more than one school.” 

Forms will be available at the schools if they are not download in advance. 

The superintendent also said all schools will have registration forms for returning students with information from the 2010-11 school year so that parents can update materials as opposed to having to complete them from scratch. 

Again this school year, a fee schedule has been implemented due to reduced local and state revenue. Fees will be assessed according to a student’s meal status.

The fees are not something that anyone -- including our school board -- likes,” said Morgan.  “With less local, state and federal revenue and the loss of the stimulus money, we have had to develop additional funding streams. We appreciate the cooperation of families to provide these fees for their students.”

Kershaw County School Board policy requires parents to bring to registration the following documents to enroll a student for the first time: a copy of the child's birth certificate, the child’s South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, a parent/guardian’s valid South Carolina driver’s license, a tax document with the current and correct address, a check stub with the current and correct address, either a mortgage or lease agreement or legally notarized documentation from the landlord and a current (two months or less) utility bill (electric or water) that contains the student’s address. A child’s registration will not be complete without this documentation.

Parents of returning students who have already established the student’s residency will be required to provide a current (two months or less) utility bill (electric or water) that contains the student’s address in order to register.

Parents are reminded that immunization requirements for school are mandated by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Students who do not have or have not previously presented a S.C. Certification of Immunization that indicates they have completed or begun the immunization requirements will not be allowed to register. Shots and the immunization certificate may be obtained through the student’s physician or the Kershaw County Health Department. 

Information about the schedule of immunizations required by DHEC for the 2011-2012 school year can be accessed on the DHEC website. Parents who have questions or are unsure of their child’s immunization status should ask their child’s physician, health department or school nurse. 

Those who are unable to register on the indicated day should contact their school’s office prior to Aug. 17, the first day of school for students.

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