Richmond County: August 7
Columbia County: August 7
Burke County: August 1
McDuffie County: August 7
Aiken County: August 23
Edgefield County: August 17
Richmond County Schools Proof of Residence
One of the following with the name and address of the enrolling parent/guardian:
Current Lease/rental agreement
Current residential property tax statement or bill
Non-contingent sales contract/home purchase agreement
Utility Bill (Water, Gas, or Electric)
If the student’s family is residing in the home or apartment of another individual, the following is necessary for enrollment:
Notarized third-person affidavit of residency
Photo ID of person with whom the family is residing
Proof of Residency matching the name and address of person with whom the family is residing
Inclusion of person with whom the family is residing as a contact on the registration form
Columbia County Schools Proof of Residence
At least two of the following items:
A secure identification Georgia driver’s license
Current property tax receipt
Power or gas bill (water bills cannot be accepted)
Voter’s registration card
Home mortgage note
Lease or rental agreement
Any other such objective evidence as will aid school employees to make a correct determination as to “residence.”
Parents and students, be prepared to have a successful school year
By Joe Hotchkiss
Be prepared and stay involved.
That's some of the most valuable advice area principals would impart to students and their parents as the new school year is about to get underway.
"The big thing for parents, what I see, is they really need to be involved with students throughout the year," said Scott McClintock, principal of the Academy of Richmond County. "The schools are willing to accept parents and help in all facets. The better the parental involvement, the better the school year is going to go."
For students, he said, the key is to be prepared every day and to manage your time well.
Whatever you learn in class each day, refresh each night and prepare for the following school day, he said. You shouldn't wait until the last minute to study - that way, you won't have to cram.
That is especially true for incoming high school freshmen, McClintock said.
"It's a different world when they get to high school, and they really have to stay on top of their studies," he said.
Solid preparation extends to parents, too.
Dr. Sal Minolfo, principal of Belvedere Elementary School in Aiken County, said a school can best meet a student's needs if the school knows what the student needs.
"One thing I think parents would really benefit from would be going prepared to share important information, and what their expectations are," he said. "Parents have an expectation of how much they want to be contacted by the teacher and the type of information they're looking for. If you want to know what your child is doing, provide current information."
Minolfo also said reading to your child, or encouraging your child to read, is an immense help for elementary school students.
Check the Internet for online tutorials students can use year round to stay academically agile, especially in reading and math.
"There are a huge amount of websites to drill kids," Minolfo said. "The more fluent they are, the better."
Preparation and involvement can't be stressed enough.
"A good way to start the year off in the right direction is to attend open house to get acquainted with your teachers, " said Michael Johnson, principal of Evans High School. "Join a club or two to feel involved and part of the school. Find your bus number and where your bus stop will be for a smooth first day."