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School Starts September 5

School opens here on Wednesday, Sept. 5, with the exception of Alvarado Elementary School, which starts on Sept. 4. Registration and Immunizations: Last-minute pre-registration for students new to the Long Beach Unified School District begins August 23. Most students already registered during the spring. Pre-registration of students new to the school 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. Each school provides a registration packet with the required forms. An immunization record and proof of residency (current utility bill with name and address) are required. In kindergarten, a birth certificate is required. Schools can provide assistance in obtaining a birth certificate if it has been lost. Proof of tuberculosis test results and records of all state-required immunizations against nine other childhood diseases are required for all kindergartners and other students new to the Long Beach Unified School District. Free immunizations are available, for those who do not have health insurance, from the Long Beach Health Department. For information, call 570-4221. Free and Reduced-price Meals: Under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program, family size and income are used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose income is at or below certain levels are eligible. Children who receive Food Stamps, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS), Kinship Guardian Assistance Payments (KinGAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are automatically eligible regardless of the income of the household in which they reside. Eligibility for a foster child is based on an individual application and on the student's personal use income. This year, free and reduced-price meal applications have been mailed directly home via U.S. mail. Only one application per household is required to participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Applications are also available in the Nutrition Services Branch office, (562) 427-7923, and at any open year-round LBUSD school, for households that do not receive one in the mail. Applications will be available at traditional-calendar schools during registration. Completed applications may be returned to any school site during registration or to the Nutrition Services office. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. Approved applications from the prior year are valid for 30 operating days while new applications are processed. New this year is an upgraded software program that requires the Nutrition Services Branch to issue a new Personal Identification Number (PIN) to all students for the 2007-08 school year. A PIN, or a meal card with a corresponding bar-code for scanning purposes, is required for all students to be served a reimbursable meal. Students not qualifying for free or reduced-price meals must pay for their meals. A prepayment option, using their PIN, is available to all paid students. More detailed information is included in the meal application packet that has been mailed to households. To find out what’s for lunch in the school cafeteria, parents may call the Lunch Line at (562) 427-7923, ext. 400 on any school day before 11:30 a.m. or after 2:30 p.m. or visit the Nutrition Services web site. Bus Stops and Routes: Parents who have already registered their children should receive a letter containing this information. Anyone who is unsure of their child’s bus stop should contact the school where the child will be attending. For more back-to-school information, contact your local school or the following offices: • Elementary Schools, (562) 997-8247 • Middle and K-8 Schools, (562) 997-8100 • High Schools (562) 997-8115