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New school year begins Friday, August 7; New students can register before the start of school


Coweta County Schools will welcome students to a new school year on Friday, August 7.
Parents who need to register their children for school can do so before the start of the new school year. The school system’s Central Registration Center – located at 167 Werz Industrial Drive in Newnan – offers web-based pre-registration through the school system’s website (www.cowetaschools.org), and is open to accept new registrations throughout the summer months (see below).
Parents and students will be able to visit their school on the day before the start of the new year, on Thursday, August 6.
While many schools will hold additional back-to-school functions 9check school websites for more information), all schools will hold student orientation at these times on Thursday, August 6:
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)
Teachers will not be available for formal conferences during the August 6 Orientation Day. During Orientation, representatives from the school system’s transportation department will be available at all schools for information about bus schedules, and representatives from the school system’s after-school program will be available to register students.
School bus routes for the new year will be posted on the school system’s website, courtesy of the Times-Herald newspaper. A representative of the transportation department will be available at each school on August 6 and on the first day of school on August 7 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 5 and 6 at their child’s schools, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on a space-available basis.
Parents of students who will be new to Coweta schools in the 2015-16 academic year and entering Kindergarten through grade 12 can register their children throughout the summer.
New students are registered at the school system’s Central Registration Center, 167 Werz Drive in Newnan (770-254-5551).
During the summer months the registration center is open Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. New applications are not begun after 4:30 p.m. at the office.
Online pre-registration materials can be found on the school system’s website at www.cowetaschools.org. The online site will establish basic information for registering new students, and will explain necessary documents.
Parents should complete online pre-registration on the website before coming to the center, or can use computer terminals offered at the registration office.
The center is located at the rear of the school system’s Central Office at 167 Werz Industrial Drive in Newnan.
Georgia law requires that students must be four years old by September 1 in order to enroll in Pre-Kindergarten classes, and five years old by September 1 in order to enroll in Kindergarten.
Students enrolled in a Coweta County School System pre-Kindergarten class during the 2014-15 school year do not need to register again to enter Kindergarten. Children who will by five years old before September 1 and who have not been registered for school before, however, must do so to begin kindergarten classes when the new school year starts on August 7.
Students must attend the school for which their home is districted. To find out what elementary school district serves an address, call the Coweta County School System Transportation Department at 770-254-2820.
To enroll a new student in school, parents will need to provide the following items:
1. Birth Certificate – A state-issued, certified copy is required (hospital certificates are not accepted).
2. Social Security Card
3. Proof of Residence – two items from the following list are required for address verification:
a. Mortgage documents or a security deed which indicates the location of the residence;
b. Apartment or home lease or rent receipt indicating the current address;
c. Current electrical bill or application for electrical service showing the current address (please bring the entire bill, to show electrical service and address);
d. Property tax records which indicate the location of the residence;
e. Voter precinct identification card or other voter documentation indicating the current address.
4. 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.
5. Immunization Certificate – Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) immunization certificate form 3231 or a signed 30-day waiver.
6. Hearing-Dental-Vision Certificate on Georgia Form 3300 or a signed 120-day waiver.
NOTE: Exceptions will be made for above requests where appropriate. No document will be required that would cause or result in discrimination based on race, color, national origin, or immigration status.

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 7.
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.

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