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Essential knowledge, immunizations for new school year

DIRK SHADD   |  Times


Pinellas County parents can find back-to-school information at Here are a few highlights.

Identifying your school

You can search for your child's school by address on the Pinellas County Schools website. The direct link is Contact the school for specific registration information.

Reserving a seat

Before registering for a Pinellas school, you've got to make a reservation. To use the online tool at, you'll need a user ID and password. Stop in any Pinellas school to get one; just make sure you bring a valid ID, such as a driver's license, state ID card, passport or visa, military ID or green card. If you already have a login and password for another child, you do not need to create a new one.

Registering your child

Once you've reserved a seat, visit the school to register — but make sure you bring the required documents:

• Birth certificate or other proof of identity/age. Students must be 5 on or before Sept. 1 to register for kindergarten. All students new to Pinellas must have proof of their identity and age. Parents who can't locate their child's birth certificate should contact the school for other acceptable documents to provide identity and age.

• Proof of residency, such as an electricity, water, cable or land-based telephone bill. A rental lease, closing document or Pinellas County tax statement with homestead exemption also will do. The document must be recent and list the parent or guardian's name and address. If none of these documents is in the name of the parent or guardian, parents must complete an affidavit of residency, available at schools and on the district's website. The affidavit must be notarized on both sides.

• Child's Social Security number, if the child has one.

• Most recent report card, for children entering grades 1-12, if available.

• Florida Certification of Immunization, appropriate for the grade level. (See page 12)

• Physical exam certificate, signed by a licensed examiner and dated within the last 12 months.

• A recent individualized education plan if the student requires exceptional education.

Still have questions about registration? Families can call the student assignment office at (727) 588-6210 or visit the office at 301 Fourth St. SW in Largo.

Back-to-school nights/orientations

Schools will communicate the date for back-to-school events through recorded phone messages, letters sent home, school websites, newsletters and more. Contact the school directly with questions.

Pinellas does recommend that schools hold back-to-school events on certain nights. For elementary schools, those evenings are Aug. 15, 20, 21, 29 and Sept. 11. Middle schools are urged to hold events on Sept. 3 or 17, while the designated night for high schools is Aug. 26.

Bus routes

Registered students who are eligible for a bus route will receive a postcard from the district in early August with their assigned bus stop and route. If families do not receive a postcard and believe it is a mistake, or have any questions, they should call the district's transportation call center at (727) 587-2020.

School lunch and breakfast prices

• Breakfast is free for all students.

• Elementary school lunch: $2, regular; 40 cents, reduced price.

• Middle and high school lunch: $2.50, regular; 40 cents, reduced price.


All immunization dates must be on a Florida Certificate of Immunization (DH680). Pinellas County Health Department Centers provide free immunizations.

Clearwater Center

310 N Myrtle Ave.

(727) 469-5800

Pinellas Park Center

6350 76th Ave. N

(727) 547-7780

Tarpon Springs Center

301 S Disston Ave.

(727) 942-5457

Largo Center

12420 130th Ave. N

(727) 588-4040

Mid County

8751 Ulmerton Road

(727) 524-4410

St. Petersburg Center

205 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N

(727) 824-6900


• 4-5 doses diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine or age-appropriate tetanus vaccines

• 3 doses hepatitis B vaccine

• 3-4 doses inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)

• 1 dose MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

• 1 dose varicella vaccine (chicken pox)

• Hib immunization. Numbers of doses depend on type of vaccine and student's age.


• 4-5 doses diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine or age-appropriate tetanus vaccines

• 3 doses hepatitis B vaccine

(Hep B)

• 3-4 doses inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)

• 2 doses MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

• 2 doses varicella vaccine (chicken pox)

Kindergarten only

• A fifth dose of the polio virus is required if the fourth dose was administered before the 4th birthday. If the third dose was administered after the 4th birthday, a fourth dose is not required.

Grade 6

• 4-5 doses diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine or age-appropriate tetanus vaccines

• 3 doses hepatitis B vaccine

(Hep B)

• 3-4 inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)

• 2 doses MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

• 1 dose varicella vaccine (chicken pox)

Grades 7-12

• 4-5 doses diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine or age-appropriate tetanus vaccines

• 2-3 doses hepatitis B vaccine (Hep B)

• 3-4 doses inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)

• 2 doses MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

• 1 dose varicella vaccine (chicken pox)

Grades 7-11 only

• 1 dose Tdap (tetanus- diphtheria-pertussis)

Grade 12 only

• 1 dose Tdap (tetanus- diphtheria-pertussis) or TD (tetanus-diphtheria)

Essential knowledge, immunizations for new school year 08/02/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 4:27pm]
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