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New to Pinellas schools? Here's what to do

The Pinellas County school district has begun a new student assignment plan that affects the school year beginning Aug. 5. Parents whose students are not assigned to a school and those who have recently moved to the county are urged to contact a Family Education and Information Center immediately.

If you have a child entering a public school for the first time _ as an incoming kindergartener, as a transfer student from a private school, or as a new resident _ here are the steps for registering for a school assignment.

n Visit a Family Education and Information Center with a birth certificate or other proof of birth, proof of residency such as a utility bill, and a recent report card for students entering grades 1-12.

n Receive an assignment to a school that has seats available in your attendance area.

n Finish school registration at your child's assigned school. Elementary schools offer school registration beginning July 14. Parents of middle and high school students should call the assigned school for registration dates and procedures.

If your child has been assigned to a school but you have moved, call a Family Education and Information Center to update your child's address. The school district needs the correct information to plan for student transportation. If your child has moved to a different choice attendance area, he or she needs to be assigned to a school in the new attendance area.

The St. Petersburg Family Education and Information Center is at 3420 Eighth Ave. S. The Clearwater office is at 1101 Marshall St.