Back-to-school — what you need to know in Pasco County

Bruce Huntington installs a cabinet at the Wendell Krinn Technical High School, formally Ridgewood High School, in Pasco County on Monday. The new school will have over 700 students who can choose from 14 programs like robotics, culinary arts and cyber security. Classes begin in Pasco on Aug. 13. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
Bruce Huntington installs a cabinet at the Wendell Krinn Technical High School, formally Ridgewood High School, in Pasco County on Monday. The new school will have over 700 students who can choose from 14 programs like robotics, culinary arts and cyber security. Classes begin in Pasco on Aug. 13. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
Published June 25
Updated July 26

With the 2018-19 academic year fast approaching, here’s a look at the steps ahead for families who still need to register students in the Pasco County public school system. More information is available at the district’s >>Back to School/Newcomer Guide>>.

Identifying a school

All students must attend the school to which they are assigned based on their home address, unless they have an approved assignment to another school or program like school choice. To find out what school your student is zoned for, click on the School Boundaries page.

New to Florida?

Students entering kindergarten or entering Pasco County Public Schools from public or private schools out of state or out of the country must submit the following documents:

• Evidence of residence:

For an owned residence, a deed or property tax assessment records and a copy of a current utility bill or initial order for service, and one of the following current documents supporting stated address: auto registration, Florida driver’s license, Florida ID card, or voter registration.

For a leased residence, a current lease or rental agreement or a notarized letter from the landlord and a copy of a current utility bill or initial order for service, and one of the following current documents supporting stated address: auto registration, driver’s license, Florida ID card, or voter registration.

• Birth certificate (original required for copying) or other evidence of age. Please see section 1003.21, Florida Statutes, for a complete list of acceptable documents.

• Physical, dated and signed by a health professional within one year of enrollment (first day of school).

• Current DH 680 State of Florida Immunization Form that is transcribed by a health professional. (See Immunization/Physical Requirements for school entry)

• Social Security number, if available (verify number with card; do not copy card). The district shall request each student enrolling in school to provide his or her Social Security number as required by section 1008.386, Florida Statutes. Parent disclosure of their child’s Social Security number is voluntary.

If applicable, legal documents such as a current judgment of divorce or other court order establishing the right of custody will be required for registration.

Note: Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enroll in kindergarten. To register for the first grade, students must be 6 and have proof of completing kindergarten. If the child did not attend a public school for kindergarten, parents should present a report card or completion letter from the director of the private school.

New to Pasco County?

Students previously enrolled in public or private schools in Florida must submit the following documents:

• Evidence of residence:

For an owned residence, a deed or property tax assessment records and a copy of a current utility bill or initial order for service, and one of the following current documents supporting stated address: auto registration, Florida driver’s license, Florida ID card, or voter registration.

For a leased residence, a current lease or rental agreement or a notarized letter from the landlord and a copy of a current utility bill or initial order for service, and one of the following current documents supporting stated address: auto registration, driver’s license, Florida ID card, or voter registration.

• Current DH 680 State of Florida Immunization Form that is transcribed by a health professional.

• If a student has ever been in a Florida public or private school at any time throughout his or her school career, a new physical examination is not required for entry.

• If applicable, legal documents such as a copy of any current judgment of divorce or other court order establishing the right of custody will be required for registration.

Homeless students

• Authorized under Federal law through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, the Students In Transition (S.I.T.) Program provides services to ensure identified homeless children and youth have access to a free and appropriate public education by removing barriers due to homelessness. For more information, visit the Students in Transition Program web page.

• All students must reside with at least one parent or legal guardian. Proof of guardianship is a photocopy of the court order appointing guardianship. Under extenuating circumstances, a notarized Affidavit of Residence may be accepted if proof of residence can be validated. For more information regarding this option, visit your school of residence.

Orientation

Aug. 7: Orientation for all middle and high school students in the county. This is the time for students to pick up class schedules, pay class fees, purchase PE uniforms, apply for parking permits, and address other matters.

Aug. 9: Orientation and registration for all elementary schools. Typically this is the time for students and parents to meet teachers, tour the school, pay fees, pick up an application for free and reduced meals, and address other matters.

For specific times and school supply lists, contact your child’s designated school or check for information on the school website, which can be found at pasco.k12.fl.us/schools.

Required immunizations

• Pre-kindergarten: 4 DTP (Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), 3 Polio, 4 Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B), 1 MMR (Measles, Mumps Ruberlla), 3 Hepatitis B, 1 Varicella (Chicken Pox)

• Kindergarten and grades 1-6: 5 DTP (for KG, last dose on/after 4th birthday), Polio (last dose on/after 4th birthday), 2 MMR, 3 Helatitis B, 2 Varicella for KG and grades 1 through 6)

• Grades 7-12: 5 DTP, 4 Polio (last dose on/after 4th birthday), 2 MMR, 3 Hepatitis B, 1 TDap, 2 Varicella (grades 7 through 10), 1 Varicella (grades 11-12)

*Varicella vaccine is not required if there is a history of varicella disease documented by the health care provider.

Note: The Florida Department of Public Health Pasco offers free immunizations at the following locations:

• New Port Richey/West Pasco, 10841 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-5260. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

• Dade City/East Pasco, 13941 15th St., Dade City. (352) 521-1450. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

• Wesley Chapel/Central and East Pasco, 33845 FL-54, Wesley Chapel. (813) 780-0740. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Appointments are preferred and walk-ins are welcome. School physicals are available for $25 per child by appointment.

Also, the health department is offering three special times for immunizations and school physicals:

New Port Richey Clinic, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug 4 and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

• Dade City clinic, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 8.

For more information, visit pasco.floridahealth.gov.

Bus stop information

School transportation services are managed through six separate bus compounds across the county. For information on bus stops, specific concerns and questions, contact the bus compound that services your student’s school.

• West Bus Compound, 6125 Pinehill Road, Port Richey — (727) 774-0400, (813) 794-0400, (352) 524-0400

• Northwest Compound, 14500 Cobra Way, Hudson — (727) 774-0540, (813) 794-0540, (352) 524-0540

• Central Bus Compound, 5346 Parkway Blvd., Land O’ Lakes — (727) 774-0520, (813) 794-0520, (352) 524-0520

• East Bus Compound, 13135 Fort King Road, Dade City — (727) 774-0560, (813) 794-0560, (352) 524-0560

• Southeast Bus Compound, 37820 13th Ave., Zephyrhills — (727) 774-0501, (813) 794-0501 (352) 524-0501

• South Bus Compound, 13101 Interlaken Road, Odessa — (727) 774-4410, (813) 794-4410 (352) 524-4410.

• Administrative Offices, 6807 Madison St., New Port Richey — (727) 774-0450, (813) 794-0450, (352) 524-0450

School meals

• Reduced-price breakfast: 30 cents

• Reduced-price lunch: 40 cents

• Full-price breakfast

Elementary: $1.35

Secondary: $1.50

Charter K-8: $1.50

Charter high school: $1.65

• Full price lunch

Elementary: $2.50

Middle: $3.00

High: $3.25

Charter K-8: $2.75

Charter high school: $3.50

* Charter school meal prices include the additional cost of packing and transporting meals to site

To pay for school meals online, visit the district’s Food & Nutrition Services site. For more information, call Food & Nutrition Services for Pasco County Schools at (813) 794-2281.

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