Family Resource Center
Registering Your Child
** Parents need to call their
child's zoned school for specific registration dates. To find out what
school(s) a residence is zoned for, call the transportation office at
State law requires that children be 5 years old by Sept. 30 to enter
Pre-registration at all Jefferson County schools offering kindergarten
is usually held each April at the zoned school. Parents need to call
their zoned school for specific dates.
It is important that parents register their children for kindergarten
during pre-registration if possible because if the schools know in
advance how many children to expect for kindergarten, then they can be
well prepared on the first day of school. This ensures a good start to
school for students, parents and teachers.
Present proof of custody of the
child if parents are divorced/separated or have never been married.
Birth certificate and proof of residence are
required for pre-registration in the spring. All other documents must be
presented at the school by the first day of school.
*To get a Tennessee Health Card School
Immunization Certificate , parents should contact their child's doctor
or the health department and schedule an appointment for a kindergarten
physical. At the time of the physical, the health card Tennessee School
Immunization Certificate will be issued.
** Proof of residence is a current utility bill
– electric, gas – with the parent's name and address printed on it. If
parents have not been living at the residence long enough to have a
utility bill, a contract or lease on a house or apartment will be
Jefferson County Schools have a staggered enrollment period at the
beginning of the school year. After registration, the parent should
receive a schedule showing when their child will be in school during
this period. Students are divided into groups and the groups are rotated
in and out of school during the staggered enrollment. So, it's important
that you know when your child is to be at school and when they are not.
During the phase in period, all students are screened to determine their
readiness for kindergarten. At the end of the phase in period, all
kindergarten students attend a full day of school every day for the
remainder of the school year.
¨ The State requires all students entering kindergarten to have a valid
“TENNESSEE SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION CERTIFICATE” (green card ) or valid
Temporary Form to attend school.
¨ Hepatitis B – The immunization is a 3 shot series. Students must show
proof of at least the first shot of the series to enter kindergarten.
They must then have the second and third shots on schedule. If a student
does not get their second and/or third shot on schedule, they will not
be allowed to attend school until they show proof of the needed shot.
The entire series takes 6 months to complete, or 4 months on the
¨ MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) – “2 doses, given after the 1st
birthday. Second dose given at least 30 days after the 1st.” (PH-2414)
¨ Varicella (chicken pox) –“Given after 1st birthday. History of disease
¨ DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) – “One dose must be given after
age four. For those starting after age 7, only 3 doses are required.”
¨ Polio – 4 doses required except “if the 3rd dose is given after age
four, the 4th dose is not required. If a combination of OPV and IPV is
used, all 4 doses are needed regardless of age.” (PH-2414)
¨ Those students deemed “homeless” who have not obtained any required
immunizations shall be referred to the school's homeless liaison.
¨ Medical Exemption: “This child has either received the immunizations
required for school attendance or has been granted a Medical Exemption
as evidenced by the attached statement describing that exemption.”
¨ Religious Exemption: “This child is exempt from receiving required
immunizations for religious reasons. A signed statement from the parents
stating that immunization conflicts with their religious tenets and
practices is attached . ” to the green card. This signed statement must
be notarized, and on the "Vaccination(s) Refusal Due to Personal
Religious Beliefs ” form. (PH-2414)
¨ A Health Examination is also required to start kindergarten. You may
obtain the Tennessee School Immunization Certificate Child Health Record
with the proof of immunizations from your doctor or at the Health
Department at the time of the physical exam.
Transferring from another
Students entering the Jefferson County School system should be
registered at their zoned school as soon as possible. To register,
parents need to bring the child's birth certificate, social security
card, Tennessee immunization records, Tennessee Health Card, last report
card and proof of residence to the school they are zoned to attend.
For students entering from out of state, parents must may take their
child's present immunization records to a local physician to have the
immunization record transferred to the Tennessee School Immunization
Proof of residency can be a current utility bill. For persons who have
not lived in Jefferson County long enough to received a utility bill, a
contract or lease on a house or apartment will be sufficient.
Only a custodial parent or legal guardian may register the child. The
custodial parent or legal guardian must show proof of guardianship by
presenting a copy of custody papers or court order.
Students Already in the County
Students already attending a Jefferson County school need to update
registration information each year. If a child is changing schools (from
an elementary to a middle school, for example) all records automatically
transfer, but parents need to make sure the information is accurate.