August 04, 2000
Preregistration for thousands of kindergarteners and elementary school students new to the Long Beach Unified School District will be held August 23 through 31. Birth certificates and immunization records are required to enroll.
School opens for students on the traditional calendar Tuesday, September 5. Year-round schools start August 31. Parents may call their local school for the exact times and dates.
Preregistration of students new to the district is done on a first-come, first-served basis. While most schools still have a few openings, if classes are filled 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 immunizations against eight other childhood diseases are now required for all kindergarteners and other students new to the Long Beach Unified School District. At the time of preregistration, parents should bring to school each child's immunization records, TB test results and birth records.
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.
California law requires a Mantoux TB test for all children who enroll in public school. State law also requires proof of immunization against hepatitis B, measles, mumps, German measles, polio, diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus. 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 such documentation. The statewide rule is "no shots--no school."
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 462-2137.
As a result of enrollment growth, some schools have reached capacity and already enroll all the children they can hold. Some new students in impacted areas may have to attend other schools where space is available.