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August is here and it is time to start thinking about going back to school.
Area schools are announcing open enrollment dates for students who are new in their respective district this year.
Enrollment dates in the Ava R-1 School District are Thursday, Aug. 4, and Friday, Aug. 5. This enrollment is for transfer students or any student who did not attend school at Ava last year.
Students in kindergarten through grade 12 who were not attending school here last spring should plan to attend this pre-enrollment.
There will be a representative from each building and a school nurse available to verify records and help you get your children enrolled for the 2011-2012 school year. Parents of students who have not been screened to enter kindergarten should call the elementary school office at 417-683-5450 to schedule a screening time.
School personnel will be on hand both days, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 3 p.m. to enroll new students at the middle school/high school cafeteria at 507 NE 3rd St., behind the Administration Office.
The first day of classes at Ava will be Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Enrollment at Skyline R-2 School District will also be held on Aug. 4 and 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
With questions about enrollment in the Skyline R-2 District, call 417-683-4874.
Monday, Aug. 15 is the first day of classes for Skyline students.
New student enrollment in the Plainview R-8 School District will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
New student enrollment at Bradleyville R-1 School District in Taney County will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
For further information call the school at 417-796-2288.
Norwood R-1 School District in Wright County will be enrolling new students during the week of Aug. 4-10. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the student at the time of enrollment.
To complete this enrollment parents will need the student’s:
• Birth Certificate – required to officially enroll (copies can be obtained at the Douglas County Health Department for a small fee);
• Current immunization records;
• Social Security card (optional);
• Proof of residence (utility bill, personal property tax receipt, etc.);
• Previous school records or last grade card (if available).
Norwood school officials remind parents that establishing proof of residency is mandated by state law. Submitting false information relating to residency is defined as a Class A misdemeanor.
If you are uncertain as to which school district you reside in, you may contact the county assessor to verify the school district that receives your taxes.
Guidelines have also been set for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.
This information was published in the Herald two weeks ago and is also available at each of the public schools.
Dr. Nancy Lawler, assistant superintendent at Ava R-1, says families who qualify for free or reduced-price meals should sign up for this benefit.
She emphasized that the information is kept confidential. Even the teachers do not know which students are receiving free or reduced-price meals, she said.
Dr. Lawler also said students who qualified for free or reduced meals last year will automatically be qualified at the start of the current school year. However, parents will need to fill out new application forms once school starts.
Meal prices at Ava Schools have not changed in the past three years. Following are the meal prices at Ava R-1 Schools.
Reduced $0.30 $0.40
Full Price $1.00 $1.35
Middle/High School Students
Reduced $0.30 $0.40
Full Price $1.00 $1.50
Adults pay $1.50 for breakfast and $2 for lunch.