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Back to school: What you need to know in Hernando

Hernando County parents can find back-to-school information at edline.net/pages/Hernando_County_School_Board. Click on the heading "Students & Families," then click on "Enrollment Requirements."

Registration

Here are a few important steps for families who are not yet registered:

See if your child qualifies

Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enroll in kindergarten. To register for 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.

Identify a school

Families can contact the district's transportation department at (352) 797-7003 to confirm which school their child is zoned for. Parents will need to provide both the street address and the nearest cross street of their home.

Parents interested in enrolling their child at a school other than their zoned school will need to complete a student reassignment form, available at any school or from the district office. They'll be open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

New to Florida?

If this is the student's first time enrolling in a Florida school, the family will need to provide:

• A birth certificate (the official document, not the hospital certificate).

• A physical completed by a licensed physician dated no earlier than Aug. 1, 2017.

• An immunization record.

• Proof of residency, from a rent receipt, home contract, utility bill with parent or guardian's name on it or a notarized statement from the family member with whom the student resides.

• A copy of the student's last report card, if applicable, or name and phone number of last-attended school.

New to Hernando County?

If the student is coming from another Florida school district, he or she will need to provide:

• A birth certificate (the official document, not the hospital certificate).

• An immunization record.

• Proof of residency, from a rent receipt, home contract, utility bill with parent or guardian's name on it or a notarized statement from the family member with whom the student resides.

Immunizations

Pre-K

• 4-5 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine or age-appropriate tetanus vaccines.

• 3 doses hepatitis B vaccine (Hep B).

• 3-4 doses inactivated polio vaccine (IPV).

• 1 dose MMR (measles, mumps, rubella).

• 1 dose varicella vaccine (chicken pox).

• Hib immunization. Numbers of doses depend on type of vaccine and student's age.

K-grade 5

• 4-5 doses diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine or age-appropriate tetanus vaccines.

• 3-5 doses inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) (one dose of polio must be after age 4).

• 3 doses hepatitis B vaccine (Hep B).

• 2 doses MMR (measles, mumps, rubella).

• 2 does varicella vaccine (chicken pox).

Grade 6

• 4-5 doses diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine or age-appropriate tetanus vaccines.

• 3-4 doses inactivated polio vaccine (IPV).

• 3 doses hepatitis B vaccine (Hep B).

• 2 doses MMR (measles, mumps, rubella).

• 1 dose varicella vaccine (chicken pox).

Grades 7-12

• 4-5 doses diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine or age-appropriate tetanus vaccines.

• 3 doses hepatitis B vaccine (Hep B).

• 3-4 doses inactivated polio vaccine (IPV).

• 2 doses MMR (measles, mumps, rubella).

• 1 dose varicella vaccine (chicken pox).

Grades 7-11 only

• 1 dose Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis).

Grade 12 only

• 1 dose Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) or TD (tetanus-diphtheria).

Buses

Transportation officials are continuing to update school bus routes and pickup times for the 2017-18 school year. Detailed bus route information is expected to be available July 31, and can be found on the district website, edline.net/pages/Hernando_County_School_Board (select "District," then "Transportation").

Bus stops are not listed for students enrolled in special programs such as AYP, Career Academy, TOPS and students with special needs.

Parents should remember that during the first week of school, buses often run late. Also, all bus stops and times are subject to change.

Parents who have questions or do not have computer access can call the district transportation office at (352) 797-7003.

Food service

The school district's food and nutrition department offers breakfast and lunch at all Hernando County schools. The regular cost for breakfast is $1 for elementary students and $1.25 for secondary students; the cost for lunch is $2 for elementary students and $2.25-2.50 for secondary students. The cost is 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch for all students who receive reduced-cost meals.

Menus can be viewed at edline.net/pages/Hernando_County_School_Board (select "District," then "Food & Nutrition"). For more information, contact food and nutrition department at (352) 797-7028.

Jean Hamilton, Times staff writer

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