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NCSS using schedule for summer

Covington - As of Monday and continuing until school is back in session Aug. 1, the Newton County School System is operating on a summer schedule at its central office and individual schools.

Until July 3, the Newton County Board of Education building, located at 2109 Newton Drive N.E. in Covington, will be open to the public from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Fridays.

The school system will hold student registration for kindergarten through eighth grades at the board offices only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through July 9. High School students are to enroll at their assigned school.

To register students, parents or legal guardians must bring their photo identification and two proofs of residency, along with the student's birth certificate, Social Security card, last year's report card or withdrawal form, and immunizations and ear, eye and dental forms.

Students entering seventh through 12th grades need a discipline record from their last school, and those in fourth, sixth and ninth grades also need 2008 state CRCT results, while special education students also will need their specified records.

School-level employees will be on limited availability throughout the summer as most teachers are off and administrators and other staff may take vacations or hold limited office hours.

Sherri Viniard, director of public relations for NCSS, said those who need to get in touch with a school-level official and can't reach them at the school can leave voice mails or e-mails.

She said most principals will work through June 23, when they will then take their summer break before the beginning of the school year, and suggested anyone use the central office as a contact during summer business hours. The main central office phone number is 770-787-1330.

The central office and schools also will be closed July 4 to observe Independence Day.

For some, the new school year will begin when new teachers receive training July 23 and 24, and most other school staff should return for teacher preparation and professional learning days July 25 through 31.

Students are to report to their schools Aug. 1 for the first day of the 2008-09 school year. Some schools have scheduled orientations, open houses and summer camps for specific grade levels.

Over the summer break, the Newton County Board of Education will continue to meet monthly.

In June, the board is scheduled to meet Tuesday for a work session and June 17 for a regular session meeting. In July, the board will meet July 15 for a combined work session and monthly meeting. All board meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the board room at the BOE offices.

More summer information can be found on the NCSS Web site at www.newtoncountyschools.org by clicking the "summer information" tab.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.