Contact: Dean Jackson
Office of Public Information
Phone: 770.254.2736
Fax: 770.254.2807

Press Release
Coweta County Schools

Date: July 14, 2011
 

New school year begins Monday, August 8; New student registration going on through summer
 

Coweta County students go back to school for the 2011-12 school year on Friday, August 8. Pre-planning for all teachers begins on Wednesday, August 3.

Parents and students can visit schools on the day before school starts, on Friday, August 5. Teachers will not be available for formal conferences during visitation days, but orientation allows parents and students a brief time to visit school before the first day of class.

Orientation Times are:
Middle Schools: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (all middle schools)
Elementary Schools: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (all elementary schools).
High Schools: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (all high schools)

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 on August 5 and on the first day of school on August 8 to provide information on bus routes for the new school year.

Parents who wish to sign their children up for the school system’s tuition-based After School Program will be able to do so on August 3, 4 and 5, on a space-available basis.

To register a child for school, contact the Central Registration Center for an appointment by calling 770-254-5551. 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.

More information about registration and printable registration forms can be found online at www.cowetaschools.org/registration. Students must also attend the school for which their home is districted. To find out what 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 in a pre-Kindergarten class during the 2010-11 school year – do not need to register again.

Georgia law requires that students must be five years old by September 1 in order to enroll in Kindergarten and six years old by September 1 to enroll in first grade.

Parents who have not yet registered their child for school are urged to do so as soon as possible before the start of the new school year on August 8. The Central Registration center is open during the summer, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Parents can call the Central Registration Center at 770-254-5551 to make an appointment or to get more information. Registration information and printable registration forms can also be found online, at the school system’s www.cowetaschools.org website.

To enroll a new student in school, parents will need to provide the following items:
  • Birth Certificate – A state-issued, certified copy is required (hospital certificates are not accepted).
     
  • Social Security Card
     
  • Proof of Residencetwo items from the following list are required for address verification:
    1. property tax records which indicate the location of the residence;
    2. mortgage documents or a security deed which indicates the location of the residence;
    3. apartment or home lease or rent receipt indicating the current address;
    4. current electrical bill or application for electrical service showing the current address (please bring the entire bill, to show electrical service and address);
    5. voter precinct identification card or other voter documentation indicating the current address.
       
  • State ID or Drivers License – Must be current (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 will also have to provide a copy of custody papers, and must live in the appropriate school district.
     
  • Last Report Card/Withdrawal/Transfer Form with Grades – This information is required at registration to facilitate records requests and class placement.
     
  • Immunization Certificate – Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) immunization certificate form 3231 or a signed 30-day waiver.
     
  • Hearing-Dental-Vision Certificate on Georgia Form 3300 or a signed 120-day waiver.
     
  • Authorization for release of Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or student records – This is 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 the 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 the certificates available from their previous school. Short-term waivers may be requested during registration to allow parents time to obtain the certificates, but students may be withdrawn if the certificates are not filed by the end of the waiver period.

Since 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 start of the new school year on August 8.

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.