St. Johns County School District Encourages Early Kindergarten & New Student Registration | Schools

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St. Johns County School District Encourages Early Kindergarten & New Student Registration

The St. Johns County School District is encouraging parents to register kindergarten students and new students to the county and/or the public school system before school begins on August 22.

Elementary and middle schools are currently operating out of their area high school but can be contacted at their regular phone number. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Schools will return to their campuses on Monday, August 1.

To be eligible for public kindergarten, children must be five years old on or before September 1 and must reside in St. Johns County. To register for first grade, children must be six years old by September 1 and have successfully completed kindergarten. The child’s certified birth certificate is required at the time of registration. Only the legal name is acceptable on student records.

Parents must register children at the school where they have been zoned for the 2011-2012 school year and should bring one of the following proofs of residency: a mortgage statement, lease or rent agreement. An additional proof of residency is required, preferably an electric bill.

In addition to the child’s certified birth certificate, Florida law requires any student entering a Florida school for the first time to show proof of a physical examination and certain immunizations. Parents are also encouraged to bring proof of the child’s social security number.

A physical examination that has been performed within one year prior to enrollment in school will be accepted. Physical examinations can be obtained from either a private physician or from the St. Johns County Health Department, 1955 U.S.1 South.

If all required immunizations have been received, the health department or private physician will issue HRS Form 680, copies are acceptable. In addition to other required immunizations, children must have received two measles immunizations (preferably MMR), two varicella (chicken pox) vaccines and at least the first Hepatitis B Shot before starting public or private kindergarten.

The purpose of early registration is to help reduce the number of students that need to be enrolled at the beginning of school. Parents should visit the individual school website for registration information. Additional information on registration and school attendance zones may be obtained from the Student Services Office at 547-7598.


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