DANVILLE — Danville District 118 is once again offering a streamlined approach to student registration, starting Wednesday and lasting through the end of the week at the David S. Palmer Civic Center.
This is the second year for the centralized registration event for kindergarten through 12th grade students enrolled in the district’s traditional calendar schools. This year’s event, however, also will include prekindergarten, which is housed at Southwest and Edison elementary schools, and Northeast Elementary Magnet School students.
The registration times are 3-7 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m. to noon and 2-6 p.m. Thursday; and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.
The idea behind the centralized registration is to accommodate parents — especially those who have children attending a few different schools — so they can register their children at one place on the same day rather than having to register at the individual school buildings on different days as in the past, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Beth Yacobi said.
Registering early also benefits the school district so high school class schedules and transportation schedules can be figured out before school starts, she added.
“We’re doing registration early so we’re ready on the first day of school,” she said.
Yacobi said 26 community organizations also will be present during the registration process to provide families with information about services and summer opportunities for students, including Project Success, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermilion County, Boys & Girls Club of Danville, Danville Family YMCA, Danville Public Library, Danville Youth Hockey, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and many others.
“They will be there to talk about the services they offer over the summer and throughout the year,” she said.
The schools involved in last year’s centralized registration went all out by decorating according to a fun theme, such as North Ridge Middle School’s rocking ‘80s and Southwest Elementary School’s tropical paradise. Yacobi expects the same to occur this year.
“The themes will be a surprise, but the schools each have their own unique personalities,” she said.
District 118 parents should have received a packet of registration forms in the mail the week of May 10 that they should fill out ahead of time at home, Yacobi said, adding that the receipt of the packet will serve as proof of a student’s residency.
“The packet is the ticket to get in,” she said. “We know you live at that address because you have the packet.
“Any packets that have been returned to us (as undeliverable) have been given to the individual schools, and those schools have called the student’s parents to update the address,” she said.
Parents should bring the forms – including the health history form and their transportation method to and from school -- to the three-day registration blitz where representatives from each school will be set up to accept the forms.
Parents who attend the registration event without the packet of forms and an updated student profile will need to prove residency prior to registering their child.
“We will have blank packets for them to fill out at the event or to take home and fill out,” Yacobi said.
Brand new students to District 118 will need to prove residency and provide an official birth certificate.
Children entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades will need to get a physical and up-to-date immunizations including DTP, polio, MMR and varicella. In addition, kindergarteners and children who are new to Illinois schools will need a vision exam by an optometrist.
Kindergarteners, sixth- and 12th-graders will need additional screenings and immunizations including diabetes screening, lead screening, hepatitis B for sixth graders and meningococcal for sixth- and 12th-graders.
Just as last year, Danville Mass Transit will shuttle families to the health department for immunizations, and a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner will be there who can do physicals for $15, Yacobi said.
“They can do it right then or schedule an appointment,” she said. “Someone from Riverview Pediatrics on Logan will be there making appointments for immunizations and physicals. That way, we know an appointment has been made and the child can still be registered.”
Yacobi hopes all District 118 parents will take advantage of this week’s centralized registration.
“We try to give them as many opportunities as we can to register their children,” she said. “We will have a makeup date or two, but it will not be as convenient as centralized registration.”
IF YOU GO
First Student Transportation is sponsoring a “Pack-the-Bus” school supply drive this Wednesday through Friday during Danville District 118’s centralized registration. The bus will be parked in front of the David S. Palmer Civic Center. Businesses, churches and individuals are asked to donate school supplies to help District 118 students for the upcoming school year. The bus will be parked in different locations throughout the summer.