Muscogee County School District officials encourage parents to avoid long lines by registering their children now

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comJune 26, 2013 

An average of 300 people per day waited to register their children the week before school started last year in the Muscogee County School District, so officials are emphasizing long lines can be avoided if the paperwork is done now.

Parents also should be aware of the proper documentation they will need to register children in time for the first day of classes in the 2013-14 MCSD school year, which is Aug. 7.

"It is extremely important that our students are registered properly, are present in class and ready to learn the first day of school," Marcus DuBose, who is replacing the retiring Mike Hudson as MCSD's student services director, said in a news release. "Our goal is to improve the registration process by significantly reducing last-minute issues with registration. We are here to serve the needs of parents and students throughout the year, and we encourage parents to make registration a priority."

If a child is new to the district and has not been enrolled, or if the parent and child moved within Muscogee County and have not updated their address at the school or central registration office, it is important to register the child at the assigned school now. MCSD schools are open Mondays-Thursdays during June and July.

The following folks should report to the central registration office in the Muscogee County Public Education Center, 2960 Macon Road:

• Children living with someone who isn't their parent or legal guardian. The person the child is living with must sign a residency affidavit.

• Parents and legal guardians whose address has changed must sign a new residency affidavit.

When students register early, district administrators and staff can complete their class schedules, address special needs, and plan transportation routes more efficiently, which helps to make a smooth transition back to school, DuBose said.

If students are new to MCSD, they need the following documents to register:

• Proof of address (two forms) -- a utility bill, plus a residential lease or rental agreement, or a property tax statement, or a property deed, or a settlement statement for the home. If none of these documents is available in the parent's name due to the child living with someone else, a notarized affidavit of residency must be completed by the owner/tenant and the parent. The owner/tenant must provide the documents required for proof of address. The affidavit of residency must be completed at the MCSD central registration office, and both parties are required to be present.

• Child's social security card.

• Child's birth certificate.

• Georgia Certificate of Immunization.

• Certificate of eye, ear and dental examinations.

LEARN MORE

For more information about student transfers in the Muscogee County School District, call the central registration office at 706-748-2222 or click on the link attached to this story at www.ledger-enquirer.com.

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