Things to know as you prepare for the school year

Pasco County parents can find more back-to-school information at www.pasco.k12.fl.us. Here are a few highlights.

REGISTERING YOUR CHILD

Identify the school

You can search for your child's school by address at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/boundaries. Contact the school for specific registration information.

New to Florida?

If this is your child's first time enrolling in a Florida school, you'll need the following items for registration:

• Current immunization records.

• Proof of a physical examination dated and signed by a licensed health professional within the last 12 months.

• Birth certificate or other accepted document proving age.

• Social Security number (if available).

• Proof of Florida residency, such as a utility bill or lease agreement.

• Copy of student's last report card (if applicable).

• Legal guardianship records (if applicable).

New to Pasco?

If you have moved to Pasco from another Florida district, you'll still need:

• Current immunization records

• Social Security number

• Proof of Florida residency

• Copy of student's last report card

• Legal guardianship records

If already in Pasco

Students enrolled in a Pasco County school shouldn't need to present materials because they already are in the computer system. But if the child is moving from elementary to middle school or middle to high school, it might be a good idea to bring proof of address. Students changing schools under the school choice program should bring their approved application at the time of registration.

Physicals

Students new to Florida must have proof of a physical exam within the last year. The physical can be from another state, but it must be completed and signed by a licensed health professional: a medical doctor, an osteopath, a physician's assistant, an advanced registered nurse practitioner or a chiropractor. Homeless students are exempt.

'Registration Days'

The district has scheduled "Registration Days" to get families prepared for the school year.

The registration day for middle and high schools is Aug. 13. Students going into seventh grade can turn in required health records. Middle and high school students can select lockers. High school students can sign up for clubs.

The registration day for elementary schools is Aug. 14, when families will be able to meet teachers.

On both days, families can register new students for school, update emergency contact information, get information on bus routes and take school tours.

Contact your student's school for information about orientation events. Parents should receive a letter at home or a phone call as the school year starts.

BUSES

To find out about school bus routes, visit www.pasco.k12.fl.us/transportation/ or contact the Pasco bus facility nearest your home:

Administrative Offices

6125 Pinehill Road, Port Richey, FL 34668

(727) 774-0400, (813) 794-0400, (352) 524-0400

West Bus Compound

6125 Pinehill Road, Port Richey, FL 34668

(727) 774-0400, (813) 794-0400, (352) 524-0400

Northwest Bus Compound

14500 Cobra Way, Hudson, FL 34669

(727) 774-0540, (813) 794-0540, (352) 524-0540

Central Bus Compound

5346 Parkway Blvd., Land O'Lakes, FL 34639

(727) 774-0520, (813) 794-0520, (352) 524-0520

East Bus Compound

13135 Fort King Road, Dade City, FL 33525

(727) 774-0560, (813) 794-0560, (352) 524-0560

Southeast Bus Compound

37820 13th Ave., Zephyrhills, FL 33542

(727) 774-0500, (813) 794-0500, (352) 524-0500

SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PRICES

Elementary school

Breakfast: $1.25, regular price; 30 cents, reduced price

Lunch: $2, regular price; 40 cents, reduced price

Middle and high school

Breakfast: $1.40, regular price; 30 cents, reduced price

Lunch: $2.50-$3, regular price; 40 cents, reduced price

Getting immunized

Pre-K:

(age-appropriate doses as indicated):

• DTaP vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)

• Polio vaccine

• MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella)

• Hepatitis B vaccine

• Varicella vaccine (or date of disease)

• Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine

• Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (Prevnar) (effective Jan. 1, 2008, for children age 2 to 59 months)

Kindergarten through grade 5:

• 4-5 doses of DTaP vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)

• 3-5 doses of polio vaccine (last one after age 4)

• 2 doses of MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella)

• Hep B (3 doses)

• 2 doses of varicella vaccine or date of disease (year) as verified by parent or health care provider

Grade 6:

• 4-5 doses of DTaP vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)

• 3-5 doses polio vaccine

• 2 doses of MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella)

• Hep B (2-3 doses)

• 1 dose of varicella vaccine or date of disease (year) as verified by parent or health care provider

Grades 7-12:

• 4-5 doses of DTaP vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)

• 3-5 doses polio vaccine

• 2 doses of MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella)

• Hep B (2-3 doses)

• 1 dose varicella or date of disease (year)

Grade 7 only:

• 1 dose of Tdap vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)

Grades 8-12 only:

• 1 dose of Tdap vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) if seventh-grade requirement has not been met

Immunization waivers:

Students who previously have attended another Florida school are given a 30-day window for their records to arrive. Parents can ask their child's new school about completing a 30-day waiver form. If the vaccination record is incomplete or missing when the records arrive, the parent must provide proof of immunization. First-time enrollees in Florida are not eligible for waivers; Florida Statute gives exception to homeless students.

Things to know as you prepare for the school year 08/02/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 6:47pm]

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