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Register students now for fall

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Registration for new students in Pasco County is Aug. 7 for secondary students and Aug. 8 for elementary students. The first day of school for all students is Aug. 13. All students registering for the first time in a Florida school, or former students who are changing or transferring to a school within Pasco County, are encouraged to register at their school during the summer.

A new immunization requirement for children in prekindergarten and kindergarten is the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or documentation of a history of chicken pox. Students who are enrolling who have attended school elsewhere in the United States have 30 days for their previous records to arrive. Thirty-day waivers are not applicable for first-time enrollees or seventh-graders.

Students entering a Pasco County school for the first time at any grade level must present the following upon registration: current immunization records, proof of physical exam dated and signed by a physician within the past 12 months, birth certificate, Social Security number, proof of Florida residency (utility bill, lease agreement), copy of student's last report card and legal guardianship records, if applicable. Students transferring from another Florida county must present the following: current immunization records, Social Security number, proof of Florida residency, copy of student's last report card and legal guardianship records.

For information, call (813) 794-2717.

_ Michelle Jones covers central Pasco community news. She can be reached at (813) 226-3459. Her e-mail address is