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Parents must register students at their schools

COVINGTON -- Students have a couple of more weeks before they have to start the new school year in the Newton County School System, and parents who need to register their children for school can do so now.

Unlike the past few years, registration for this school year is handled at each individual school, rather than at a central location. Centralized registration was cut from this school year's budget in order to save money, according to Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations at NCSS.

Families new to the school system or students who are beginning school may contact their assigned school for registration times and information.

Parents or legal guardians are the only ones who can register their students. They are required by law to bring several documents to the registration.

Parents or guardians must bring to registration their photo ID and, if necessary, proof of custody or guardianship if the birth parent is not registering the student. They also must bring a certified copy of the student's birth certificate and the student's Social Security card.

Additionally, they must bring two health forms -- Form 3231, the Georgia Certificate of Immunization, and Form 3300, the Georgia Certificate of Eye, Ear and Dental Examination -- for students entering a Georgia public school for the first time.

Parents also must provide a current proof of residency, which includes a lease, deed, signed closing statement or non-contingent sales contract along with at least one utility bill.

If applicable, parents must supply withdrawal forms or a final report card from the student's previous school and, for students entering seventh through 12th grades, a certified copy of the student's discipline report or a letter from the school stating that the child has no discipline record.

For students enrolling in fourth, sixth and ninth grades, parents also must provide their proof of passing the reading and math portions of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

For students with disabilities, the registering parent needs to bring in a copy of their Individualized Educational Programs.

More information about schools and registration is available at the Newton County Board of Education office at 2109 Newton Drive NE in Covington, by calling the office at 770-787-1330 or visiting the NCSS Web site, www.newtoncountyschools.org.