Registering Your Child ::..
Students entering St. Tammany Parish public schools for the first time must register at the school the student will attend. CLICK HERE for school attendance boundary maps located on the Web site. Information about school attendance boundaries also is available at St. Tammany Parish Public School System Child Welfare and Attendance Offices.
Kindergarten and First Grade Students
Children must be five years old before October 1 to be eligible for kindergarten and must be six years old before October 1 to be eligible for first grade.
Every child, as a prerequisite to enrollment in any first grade of a public school, shall meet one of the following criteria: have attended a full-day public or private kindergarten for a full academic year; or have satisfactorily passed academic readiness screening at the time of enrollment for first grade. Students who have completed kindergarten at an accredited private school must furnish proof of attendance.
Registration for kindergarten and first grade students is held at schools each year in the spring. Announcement of specific registration dates and times for each school is printed in local newspapers and on the School System Web site. Also, registration information can be obtained at School Board Annex Offices and schools.
All students new to St. Tammany Parish will register at the school in the district where they reside. They must present proof of residency, a state certified birth certificate, a social security card, an immunization record, LEAP results (if applicable), and custody papers (if applicable).
Students changing schools within St. Tammany Parish (other than students going to another school because of grade promotion), students who are entering the School System from home schooling, and parents or court-appointed guardians who do not have the required proof of residency must complete an Assignment/Transfer Request Form at one of the Child Welfare and Attendance Offices in a School Board Annex. They must obtain an Assignment Letter from this office before registering at the school they will attend.
Fall registration routinely is held in late July or early August of each year. Specific registration information appears in local newspapers and the School System Web site and also is provided at School Board Annex Offices and schools. Parents wishing to register their children outside the Spring or Fall Registration Dates may visit the school where their children will attend for more information and to register if they have the required documentation (See below). If unsure which school their children will attend, they may contact the Supervisors of Child Attendance and Welfare, either Chris O'Regan at the Covington Annex (406 East Boston Street, phone 985-898-3370) or Michael Soniat at the Slidell Annex (980 Ninth Street, phone 985-646-4917).
The following items are required for student registration:
- State Certified Birth Certificate;
- Health Record of Required Immunization;
- Proof of Residency;
- Social Security Card;
- Report Card/Records from Last School / LEAP Results
(for in-state transfer);
- Assignment Letter (if applicable); and
- Custody Papers (if applicable).
State Certified Birth Certificate: Those who do not have a birth certificate may contact a St. Tammany Parish School Board Annex in their area for information on how to obtain one. Contact the Covington Annex at 985-898-3370 or the Slidell Annex at 985-646-4917.
Health Record: State Law requires that all children attending school in the State of Louisiana have the following immunizations. This requirement includes students in the Title 1 four-year-old program and in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Included are students who are coming into the St. Tammany Parish Public School System from another parish, state or nonpublic school.
1. DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis or Whooping Cough): A minimum of four (4) doses is required. The last DTP or a booster is to be given after the fourth birthday.
2. Polio: A minimum of three (3) doses is required. The last polio or booster is to be given after the fourth birthday.
3. MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella): One (1) dose is required at twelve to fifteen months of age. A second MMR is required before entry to school.
4. Hepatitis B: Three (3) doses are required for first time enrollees into Louisiana public schools.
5. HIB: Four (4) doses or proof of at least one dose after fifteen (15) months of age are required for pre-kindergarten and noncategorical students to enter school.
6. Varicella (Chickenpox): Two (2) doses or a history of the disease is required for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.
7. MCV4 (Meningococcal Conjugate): Required for all students entering grade 6 or eleven (11) years old in any other grade. These students must also have proof of booster doses of Tdap, MMR, and Chickenpox.
Dates of the above required immunizations must be recorded on an official immunization form and presented to the school at the time of registration. Contact the Slidell Health Unit at (985) 646-6445, the Covington Community Wellness Center at (985) 871-6030 or the Greater New Orleans (GNO) Immunization Network Mobile Unit at (504) 733-3268 for immunization information.
The immunization policy of the St. Tammany Parish School Board dictates that no child be allowed to enter school without proof of immunizations.
Proof of residency: Proof of residency must be established using at least three of the documents listed below. All documents must be the most current available and dated within the past 30 days. Documents that are suspect or inconclusive may be disallowed and additional documentation may be required. Documentation may consist of a current utility bill (butane, electric, gas, water, cable or satellite), the current year W-2 form, the most recent federal or state income tax return, a vehicle insurance print-out from the parent’s or legal guardian’s insurance company, a signed residential building contract, a signed real estate lease agreement or signed mortgage loan documentation.
All documents must show the name of the parent or legal guardian, the street or road address of residence or the utility service address (if using utility bills). Lease agreements must show street or road location and must be from a real estate office, apartment complex or mobile home property, not from an individual.
U. S. Post Office box numbers, printed checks or drivers’ licenses are NOT considered proof of residency.
Social Security Card The Social Security number serves as the student’s identification number on all records. The Social Security number written on a piece of paper cannot be accepted.
Custody Papers Parents or guardians granted custodial rights of a student must present at registration the custody papers granted through a court system.
Report Card/Records from Last School/LEAP Results To ensure correct grade placement of new students, a report card and standardized test reports from the last school the student attended must be presented. Students entering fifth and ninth grades from in-state public, nonpublic or any home schooling program are required to show evidence that they have passed the English/Language Arts and the Mathematics sections of the LEAP (Louisiana Educational Assessment Program) test, as mandated by the State of Louisiana.
For more information about the LEAP requirements, contact the St. Tammany Parish Public School System Testing Coordinator at 985-898-6481.
Assignment Letter Students who are transferring within the St. Tammany Parish Public School System (other than those being promoted to a higher grade from feeder schools), students who are entering the School System from home schooling and parents or court-appointed guardians who do not have the required proof of residency (see Proof of Residency for requirements) must obtain assignment letters from a St. Tammany Parish School Board Annex in their area. Contact the Covington Annex at 985-898-8870 or Slidell Annex at 985-646-4917 for additional information. The Child Welfare and Attendance offices are located at 406 East Boston Street in Covington and 980 Ninth Street in Slidell.