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The first day of school is Aug. 23, but the first glimpse of the coming school year will be this week when Pasco County Schools hold registration Tuesday for middle and high school students and Wednesday for elementary school students.

While students new to the area are required to bring documentation (see below), returning elementary students will get a chance to meet their teacher, pickup a list of classroom supplies, tour the school and check out bus stops and pickup and drop-off times. This is also an opportune time for parents to apply for free or reduced meals and register for before- and after-school care in the Pasco Learning and Activity Centers of Enrichment program held at many elementary schools.

Middle and high school students can pickup bus passes, schedules, find their classes, be assigned a parking space (if they've got their own vehicle) and pay fees (if required). There's also a chance at some schools to sign up for club activities and buy a school T-shirt.

Many schools also will have information about Open House _ another important time for parents to come to their child's classroom. For information about registration times, contact your child's school.

To register:

To determine your child's school district, call the Pasco County School Board at (813) 794-2000 (central), (352) 524-2000 (east) and (727) 774-2000 (west).

Children must be 5 years old on or by Sept. 1 to register for kindergarten. Older students should bring previous school records and report cards, if possible.

Necessary documentation includes:

Birth certificate, Social Security number, proof of residency (i.e., utility bill).

Immunization records.

Proof of physical examination within the past year.