But, for parents of students new to any of the eight Altus Public School campuses or the local Head Start locations, on August 5, enrollment is all in one spot – the Altus High School Cafeteria, across from the Altus City Park. There will even be free food, free immunizations needed for school, as well as entertainment for the kids.
“We really wanted to take the pain out of enrolling new students,” said Valerie Roberts, director of public relations for Altus Schools. “Our One-Stop Enrollment is much more efficient, as parents are not only able to enroll all of their children, but also may sign them up for busing, extended-day care, the school lunch program, and more.”
Altus Public Schools will hold their annual One-Stop Enrollment for all newcomers from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Friday, August 5. All students new to Altus Schools may come and enroll, regardless of which school they plan to attend. Parents may make one stop, complete all paperwork, and enroll all of their children. There’s no need to drive to each school.
Returning students are already pre-enrolled and do not need to come to One-Stop Enrollment, unless they need to get immunizations.
The Altus Kiwanis Club is partnering with the school district to provide free breakfast pastries, juices, and coffee for all coming to the event in the morning, as well as a hot-dog meal for those arriving from lunch time until 3 p.m.
Jimminee the Clown and Little Red will provide entertainment for the children at the event, and Altus High School student volunteers will man a child care area for the little ones.
The Jackson County Health Department will be at One-Stop Enrollment, to provide immunizations necessary for school to all students (returning or new) who need them. All shots will be provided free of charge. Students should bring their shot records and, if they are not accompanied by a parent, they must bring a signed parental permission letter.
New this year, all students entering the seventh grade in Oklahoma beginning with the 2011-2012 school year will be required to have one dose of Tdap vaccine. Tdap is a vaccine used to boost immunity to pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, and diphtheria. There is no grace period allowed for students to comply with this requirement with the exception of military children transferring from another state. Military children may be allowed up to 30 days from the date of enrollment to obtain any immunizations required in Oklahoma that were not required in the state where the child previously attended school. The required Tdap immunization will be available free of charge at the clinic.
Students who are enrolling in Altus Schools for the first time should bring the following items: Birth certificates (K & Pre-K), proof of residency (such as proof of payment of local or ad valorem taxes, title to a residential property in the district, valid and unexpired mortgage/lease agreement, receipt for payment of rent, current utility bill, or notarized affidavit verifying residency), current immunization records, Social Security Numbers for each child (optional), previous school records, and proof of custody (for children not living with a parent).
All newcomers who are unable to attend One-Stop Enrollment may enroll beginning August 8, at their respective schools. After One-Stop Enrollment, elementary students not attending Rivers Elementary on base will need to obtain school assignment paperwork from the Altus Schools Administrative Center (located at 219 N. Lee) before they will be able to enroll.
Meet the Teacher Day will be held at each Altus school from 8 a.m. to noon, on Friday, August 12. The first day of school is set for Tuesday, August 16.