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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.

This school district will comply with all laws relating to the enrollment and education, as far as practicable, of all students regardless of their citizenship or homeless status.

The document requirements for registration and enrollment will not be used to adversely affect any student from receiving an education regardless of their citizenship or homeless status.

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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.

Other Students
All students new to the St. Tammany School System will register at the school in the school district where they reside. The parents or guardians of such students must provide proof of residency within the school district for which school they are applying for enrollment. Proof of residency may be satisfied by presentation by the parents or guardians of enrolling students, acts of sale, deeds, phone bills, water bills, telephone bills, leases, affidavits of other documents such as state identification cards or driver’s licenses. Enrollment will not be affected or denied based upon the students or their parents or guardians immigration or citizenship status or for homeless children as defined by law.

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 Covington Annex (406 East Boston Street, phone 985-898-3370) or Slidell Annex (980 Ninth Street, phone 985-646-4917).

Registration Check List

The following items may be requested by the School System to effect the registration and enrollment of students:

  • State Certified Birth Certificate or a substitute such as:
    • Religious Certificate
    • Entry in family bible
    • Adoption record
    • Affidavit from parent or guardian
    • Previously verified school records
    • Foreign Certificate of Birth
  • Health Record or Immunization Records
  • Proof of Residency in school district
  • Social Security Card (If no Social Security card is available, the District will provide an alternate identification number.)
  • Custody Papers (if applicable)
  • Report Card/Records from Last School/LEAP Results
  • Assignment Letter (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: Louisiana law requires children age four or older have proof they have received the following vaccinations at the time of registration and prior to school entry:

  • a booster dose of Poliovirus vaccine (IPV)
  • two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine (MMR)
  • three doses of Hepatitis vaccine (HBV)
  • two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine (Var)
  • a booster dose of Diphtheria Tetanus Acellular Pertussis vaccine (DtaP)

Children who are 11 or older and are entering the sixth grade this year must have proof they have received all of the age-appropriate immunizations listed above, and at this age, children also need proof of receiving:

  • meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine
  • Tetanus Diphtheria Acellular Pertussis vaccine (Tdap)

The school nurse may be contacted for questions concerning required immunizations.
Community Immunization Resources

  • Slidell St. Tammany Community Health Center - 985.607.0400
  • Covington Community Wellness Center - 985.871.6030
  • Greater New Orleans (GNO) Immunization Network Mobile Unit - 504.733.3268

Refer to La. R.S. 17:170 for additional provisions on immunization requirements.

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.

Social Security Card:  Present to school officials a Social Security card. If no Social Security card is available, the student will be assigned an alternate identification number.

The inability or failure of the student, parents or guardians to provide a social security card or number will not, on that basis alone, result in the denial of enrollment, registration or delivery of educational services to any student.

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. In addition to proof of residency, transferring students must withdraw from the previous St. Tammany Parish public school. Parents will need to bring the withdraw documentation to the new school during registration. 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.



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