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School Sign-ups Begin August 26

Last-minute preregistration for students new to the Long Beach Unified School District will begin August 26. School opens here for more than 97,000 students on Wednesday, September 8. Preregistration of students new to the district is done on a first-come, first-served basis at each school. Most schools still have a few openings. If classes fill up at a neighborhood school, parents will be advised of the options available for their children to attend other schools in the district. To be eligible to enroll in kindergarten, children must be at least five years old by December 2, according to state law. Proof of age, tuberculosis test results and records of all state-required immunizations against eight other childhood diseases are required for all kindergartners and other students new to the Long Beach Unified School District. All kindergarten and new students must show that they have been adequately immunized against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella (chickenpox). The immunization record must show the date each each required vaccine dose was received. Students are also required to show proof of a negative Mantoux tuberculosis test performed within one year of school entry. For students with a previous positive Mantoux test, a report of a chest x-ray and a written statement from a physician or the health department stating the child is free of communicable tuberculosis are required. Free immunizations are available for those who do not have health insurance from the Long Beach Health Department. For information, call 570-4222. Written documentation of all immunizations and the TB test results must be presented at the time of registration. No child will be permitted to enroll without proof of immunization. The statewide rule is “no shots--no school.” Children or parents who are most proficient in a language other than English may get help with registration at the school district’s International Student Registration Office, 999 Atlantic Ave. Children are tested there for proficiency in the foreign language and English, so school officials can make the best placement. Located at 10th Street and Atlantic Ave., International Student Registration is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Under California law, a child at least five years old by December 2 may be enrolled in kindergarten. Correspondingly higher ages are required for higher grades. Proof of age, such as a county or hospital birth certificate, baptismal certificate or other documentation, must be provided. For children born in Los Angeles County, birth certificates may be requested from the Los Angeles County Recorder’s office. It takes approximately two weeks to obtain these records by mail. Directions on how to order a birth certificate are available by calling (562) 462-2137.