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COVINGTON — With students expected to head back in just three short weeks, Newton County Schools have announced the days and times when parents may register their student at the school he or she is zoned for.

Dates are as follows:

♦ July 22, noon to 5 p.m.

♦ July 23, noon to 5 p.m.

♦ July 24, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

♦ July 26, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

♦ July 29, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

♦ July 30, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

♦ July 31, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

When enrolling a child into the Newton County School System, the following items are necessary:

♦ Certified copy of the student’s birth certificate;

♦ Student’s social security card;

♦ Form 3231: GA Certificate of Immunization;

♦ New immunization requirements: Form 3300: GA Certificate of Eye, Ear and Dental Examination (this is only required for students entering a GA public school for the first time);

♦ Parent or guardian photo ID;

♦ Proof of custody/guardianship (if the birth parent is not registering the student);

♦ Proof of Newton County residency MUST be a lease, deed, signed closing statement or non-contingent sales contract AND at least one utility bill (gas, electric, water);

♦ Withdrawal forms (or final report card) from previous school; and

♦ Certified copy of the student’s discipline report (for students entering 7th-12th grade). If the student never got into trouble, a letter from the school stating that the child has no discipline record is required in lieu of a discipline report.

The person registering the student must be the parent named on the birth certificate unless official guardianship papers are presented.

In the case of divorced parents, only the parent who has “primary physical custody” as designated in the final divorce decree will be permitted to register the student.

In that instance, the parent must present final divorce paperwork at registration.

The name(s) on the proofs of residency must be the parent named on the birth certificate or designated as the official guardian on the official paperwork.

If the proof of residency is in the name of a step-parent, a marriage certificate must be presented that proves the step-parent and official parent/guardian are married.

Absolutely no “notarized letters” will be accepted in lieu of official guardianship papers.

Open House for each school level is as follows:

♦ July 26, High schools 5 to 7 p.m; Newton College and Career Academy 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.;

♦ July 29, Middle schools 5 to 7 p.m.; and

♦ and July 30, Elementary schools and Newton County Theme School, 5 to 7 p.m.

Students are expected on the first day of school, Thursday, Aug. 1.

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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