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VISD begins registration on Tuesday

By Victoria Advocate
Aug. 4, 2012 at 3:04 a.m.


With the first day of school only weeks away, it is time for parents to register students for the coming year.

The first day of school for Victoria public schools is Aug. 27.

All elementary schools in VISD are opening for registration from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Parents whose child's last name begins with A through L are asked to go on Tuesday; parents whose child's last name begins with M through Z are asked to register on Wednesday.

Parents who have children with different last names may register on the day that best fits their schedule. They do not have to return multiple times to complete the registration process.

Middle school registration for eighth-grade students is Tuesday followed by seventh-grade students on Wednesday and sixth-grade students on Thursday.

Registration for middle schools is conducted at the school from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The make-up date for registration at the middle school level is Friday.

Victoria East High school registration is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Aug. 13, daily. Registration of seniors takes place on Wednesday, followed by juniors on Thursday, sophomores on Friday and freshmen on Aug. 13. Makeup day for missed registrations at VEHS is Aug. 14. Registration is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. each day.

For Victoria West High School, senior registration is on Monday. Juniors register on Tuesday, followed by sophomores on Wednesday, and freshmen on Thursday. The make up registration is Aug. 10. Registration is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. each day.

The registration process will include all the forms that need to be completed by parents such as the emergency notification cards, applications for meal assistance, and public information release forms for the student. The estimated time to complete all the forms is 45 minutes.

Parents should bring their latest electric, natural gas or water bill as current proof of residence. The parent may also bring a rent receipt as proof of address. For families purchasing a home, the signed and executed sales contract may also be presented as acceptable proof of residence.

In addition to the proof of residence, parents need to provide photo identification for themselves such as a driver's license or state issued identification card. Immunization records are required for all new students and parents should bring updated immunization records for returning students. If the school does not already have a copy of the child's birth certificate or baptismal certificate, the parent should supply that at time of registration, as well.

Parents will be asked for the child's Social Security number but the parent is not required to provide it. Any child for whom a Social Security number is not provided will have a number assigned through the Texas Education Agency.

VISD will continue to offer a full-day pre-kindergarten program in the 2012-13 school year. Pre-kindergarten registration is conducted at the same time as other elementary registration.

Parents who are seeking admission based on income need to bring proof of income. There are other ways to qualify for Pre-kindergarten programs, including children who are of limited English proficiency, are considered homeless, have ever been in foster care of other residential care under DFPS. Children whose parent is on active duty in the military, was wounded or killed while on active duty, or is missing in action may also seek admission to a pre-kindergarten program.

Parents who will have children new to Victoria public schools this year are strongly encouraged to register before the beginning of school. Any parent who pre-registered in the spring and has since moved to another attendance zone may call the previous school to ask that the records be sent to the new school.

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