The Musocgee County School District's first day of classes for the 2013-14 academic year is Aug. 7, but students should report to their school this week to help make that day go smoothly.
The district's Verification Day is Friday, when students and their parents or guardians should report to their assigned school to:
Complete school registration and paper work for items such as medical cards, lockers, bus passes, class schedules, dues, fees and parking decals.
Get transportation information.
Meet the staff and faculty.
Some schools have scheduled additional verification times. Check with your school to find out those dates and times if you haven't been notified.
Documents required to register for school in Muscogee County include: proof of current address (utility bill, lease agreement or closing home sales contract), the child's birth certificate, social security card, certificate of immunization, certificate of eye, ear, and dental and the last report card if available.
Parents or guardians of students who require special-education services, are new to the district or moved and have not received a school assignment, should report to the district's central registration office, 2960 Macon Road, to enroll. Parents or guardians of special-education students should bring their child's current or previous Individual Education Plan.
Note: Because of construction, Richards Middle School's verification will be in the Hardaway High School cafeteria, 2901 College Drive, 4-7 p.m. Thursday.
For more information, call 706-748-2220.
Harris County and Chattahoochee County public schools also will start classes Aug. 7. Harris County schools are conducting their own registration days at separate dates and times. Chattahoochee County will have the following schedule:
Friday -- pre-kindergarten orientation, 5:30 p.m.; K-5 meet-and-great, 6:30 p.m.; middle school registration and schedule pick-up, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 5-6 -- high school schedule pick-up at the gym's concession stand, 9 a.m. to noon
Across the Chattahoochee River, public schools in Phenix City, Russell County and Lee County will start classes Aug. 19. Phenix City began registration Tuesday and will continue today from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the individual schools. Each school in Russell County and Lee County will conduct their own registration days.
Smiths Station High School will have an open houses at 6:30 p.m. on two days: Rising 10th-graders should report Aug. 12; rising 11th- and 12th-graders should report Aug. 15.
Tax-free holidays will occur in Alabama and Georgia over back-to-back weekends.
Alabamas days will be Aug. 2-4, and Georgias Aug. 9-10.
Clothing items $100 or less, computers and computer items $750 or less, school supplies $50 or less and books $30 or less will not be taxed in Alabama that weekend. There are some exclusions. Learn more here.
Georgias items are very similar to Alabamas, except computer items may be $1,000 or less, school supplies must be less than $20 per item, and they will continue taxing books. Georgia also has exclusions during its sales-tax holiday. Learn more here.