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Parents Encouraged to Enroll Students for School Early

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(Columbus, GA)-The first day of school for the 2013-2014 school year is Wednesday, August 7, 2013, and the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) needs your help to reduce the number of last minute registrations and long lines. How can parents help? Don't wait! Register children for school now. Last year, an average of 300 people per day waited to register the week before school started.

"It has been our experience that parents and guardians wait until the last minute to register their child, report to a school or central registration without proper documentation and records, which are required for registration, and have to wait in long lines unnecessarily," said Dr. Mike Hudson who is scheduled to retire as Director of Student Services effective June 30.

Hudson's replacement, Marcus DuBose, says, "It is extremely important that our students are registered properly, are present in class and ready to learn the first day of school. Our goal is to improve the registration process by significantly reducing last minute issues with registration. We are here to serve the needs of parents and students throughout the year and we encourage parents to make registration a priority."

If a child is new to Muscogee County School District and has not been enrolled for the upcoming school year, or if the parent and child moved within Muscogee County and have not updated the address at the school or central registration office, it is very important to register the child at the school of assignment now. Schools are only open Monday-Thursday during June and July.

If the parent and child have not moved and the child is already registered at the school of assignment designated by the residential address, the parent should report to the child's assigned school on Verification Day in August.

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So, who should report to the Central Registration Office at 2960 Macon Road,

Columbus, GA? Any person who is not the parent or legal guardian of the child must

report to the Central Registration Office. If the parent or legal guardian lives with

someone, the parent or legal guardian, and the person he or she is living with, must

report to the Central Registration office together to sign a residency affidavit.

If a parent or legal guardian has a current residency affidavit on file at the central

office, he or she does not need to report back to the central office to complete a

new residency affidavit unless the residency situation or address changed.

When parents and legal guardians register their children early and have proper records

and documentation, they can avoid long, unnecessary lines, and save time. In addition,

the district administrators and staff are able to complete class schedules, address

special needs, and plan transportation routes more efficiently, which assists with a

smooth transition back to school.

"Our goal is to serve parents and students to the best of our ability, efficiently and

effectively, but we need their help to do it, added DuBose. "Don't wait until the last

minute to register."

Items Needed to Register at School (if new to MCSD)

1. Proof of Address (current utility bill showing the service address and one of

the following documents: a valid residential lease or rental agreement, a

current property tax statement, property deed, or settlement statement for the

home) indicating parent's name and address. If none of these documents are

available in the parent's name due to living with someone else, a notarized

Affidavit of Residency must be completed by both the owner/tenant and the

parent. The owner/tenant must provide the documents required for proof of

address. The Affidavit of Residency must be completed at the Department of

Student Services, Central Registration, and both parties are required to be

present.

2. Child's social security card.

3. Child's birth certificate.

4. Current Georgia Certificate of Immunization.

5. Certificate of Eye, Ear and Dental examination.

Access this link to determine the school of assignment.

http://locator.muscogee.k12.ga.us/Locator/default.aspx?load=addressInput&skipPlan=fa

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Access this link for more registration information.

http://www.muscogee.k12.ga.us/Schools/Pages/StudentRegistration.aspx

For more information, contact your child's school of assignment, the Central

Registration Office, (706) 748-2222, (706) 748-3217, or e-mail

communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us .

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