Tupelo Schools sets up one-stop registration

news_education_greenBy Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Centralized registration is back again for Tupelo Public School District families.

Through July 22, parents can drop by Milam Elementary School cafeteria between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to handle the registration chores for new and returning students. Last year, parents gave the centralized registration high marks for convenience, eliminating the need to repeat the registration process at multiple schools.

“We’ve had several hundred come through already,” said Mary Ann Plascencia, district community liaison. “We had about 2,000 last year.”

For the second year, the district is using Web-based InfoSnap for registration forms. Returning parents will need to review and update last year’s information. The information can be transferred to siblings’ registration forms, eliminating the need to repeatedly enter contact information. Computers will be available at Milam to complete the registration forms as well as free and reduced lunch applications.

The district has reverted to paper for health forms to avoid the lag time in getting forms sorted and delivered. Parents will need to fill the forms out at registration.

“In order for nurses to be able to immediately serve kids, we went back to paper forms,” Plasencia said.

Parents of returning students will need to bring two proofs of residency including a mortgage, property or lease document and a current utility bill. Assistance is available from school staff for those who need assistance in gathering the proofs of residency.

Parents of new students and rising seventh-graders also will need to bring 121 immunization forms. Seventh-graders are required to receive a Tdap booster.

The process has been moving smoothly for most, said Milam Counselor Tamekia White.

“It takes about 10 to 15 minutes depending on how many children you have to fill out the health form for,” White said.

Parents of Tupelo High School students will still need to attend orientation sessions so their students can receive laptop computers and schedules.

The orientation sessions will be offered by grade from noon to 6 p.m.:

• 12th grade on July 21

• 11th grade on July 22

• 10th grade on July 28

• Ninth grade on July 29

The elementary and middle school will have Meet Your Teacher nights in the week before school begins.

For more information, visit tupeloschools.com.

michaela.morris@journalinc.com