• Enrolling in Our Schools
    To be sure the school year gets off to a great start, parents should register their child before the first day of the new school year.

    There is no need to register a child for school if he or she was enrolled in the district the previous year. Students new to the system should visit the appropriate school office to obtain the necessary registration forms.
    When registering from outside the system, parents/guardians will be asked to present the following:

    Proof of residency
    Birth certificate
    Transcripts or academic records (optional--official records will be requested)
    Name/Address of the former school

    PARENTS or LEGAL GUARDIANS are required to be present when students are registered.

    Children are assigned a school based on where they live. To find out which school your child will attend, call any school or Central Services at (828)733-6006.

    Kindergarten Students
    Registration for kindergarten classes continues through the first few days of school; however, parents are encouraged to register their child well before the first day of school so that class sizes can be determined.

    Early kindergarten registration for the upcoming school year is held during April prior to the start of the school year at each elementary school. Informal Screenings are conducted at this time.

    A child must be five years of age on or before August 31st in order to enter kindergarten. An official state birth certificate, proof of physical examination, immunization record, and other documents are not required to register a child initially, but are required to be on file with the school when school starts. The Avery County Health Department can provide the necessary health examination.

    Changes for the 2008-09 School Year
    Effective January 1, 2008, the administrative rule, 10A NCAC 41A.0401, has been changed, adding requirements for one booster dose of Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) vaccine to be given to the following age groups:

    • All individuals attending public school who are entering the 6th grade on or after
    August 1, 2008, if five years or more have passed since the last dose of tetanus/diphtheria toxoid
    • All individuals not attending public schools (i.e., private, home-school, non-traditional schools) who are 12 years of age on or after August 1, 2008, if five years or more have passed since the last dose of tetanus/diphtheria toxoid.
    • Individuals enrolling in college or university for the first time on or after July 1,
    2008, if a tetanus/diphtheria toxoid or tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine has not been administered within the past 10 years.

    This administrative rule change also impacts mumps vaccination. Individuals are now required to receive a second dose of mumps vaccination before enrolling in school, college or university for the first time.

    For more information, click on the Immunization Information link above.

    Students who will be moving to another school in the system because of promotion to higher grades will be automatically registered. Students transferring from another school system should take their immunization record, report card and withdrawal slip from the previous school to enroll at their new school.

    Parents/guardians who have questions about registration or their child’s school program may call their child’s school.

    Immunization and Other Health Information Resources
    Meningococcal meningitis disease is a serious, potentially fatal illness caused by bacteria. Symptoms may resemble the flu but progress rapidly and can often cause death within two days. For those that survive, long term effects can include brain damage, seizures, hearing loss or limb amputations.

    Meningitis is contagious and is spread through air droplets and direct contact with infected persons. It can be spread through coughing, sneezing, kissing or sharing items like drinking glasses, lip balm, eating utensils or cigarettes.

    Adolescents and young adults are at increased risk of contracting this disease. The reason for the increased risk may be due to lifestyle factors common among these age groups, such as living in crowded situations (dormitories), going to bars, smoking, and irregular sleep habits.

    However, the majority of cases among adolescents are preventable by vaccination. The vaccine is a covered benefit, paid for by most major insurance companies and Medicaid. Additionally, the vaccine is available to VFC children (i.e., Medicaid eligible, uninsured, American Indian or Alaskan Native, or underinsured children that receive immunizations at a Federally Qualified Health Center or Rural Health Center) that meet the ACIP recommended coverage groups listed below.

    Meningococcal immunization is recommended for the following age groups:

    Adolescents aged 11-12 year old,
    Adolescents at high school entry (15 years old), or
    College freshman, through 18 years of age, who live in dormitories, or
    Children 11 years of age or older who are at increased risk for meningococcal disease.
    In addition to being vaccinated, young adults can reduce their risk for contracting the disease by not sharing eating utensils, beverages, cigarettes, etc.

    For medical advice about meningococcal immunization, consult your physician, college health service or local public health department.
Last Modified on October 26, 2008