School starts Wednesday, Aug. 31 for most students in the Long Beach Unified School District. Most school offices reopen Aug. 24. Watch individual school websites for additional back-to-school information. Access school websites by finding individual schools in the A-Z index at lbschools.net.
Registration and Immunizations
Last-minute pre-registration for students new to the school district begins Aug. 24. Pre-registration of students new to the school district is done on a first-come, first-served basis at each school. If classes fill up at a neighborhood school, parents will be advised of the options available for their children to attend other schools in the district.
To be eligible to enroll in kindergarten, children must be five years old by Sept. 1, according to state law. The school district has some openings in its Transitional Kindergarten program, which provides extra support for the youngest kindergartners who will turn five between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. Transitional Kindergarten classes are a response to state legislation bumping the Dec. 2 requirement for 5-year-olds back to Sept. 1. As part of the legislation, students whose fifth birthday is between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 can take one year of Transitional Kindergarten followed by one year of standard kindergarten. Parents interested in Transitional Kindergarten may call (562) 997-8247 or go to Transitional Kindergarten in the A-Z index at lbschools.net.
For all other registration, each school provides a registration packet with the required forms. A birth certificate, immunization record and two proof of residency documents (such as a current utility bill, rental agreement, rent receipts, paycheck stub with name and address) are required. Details on enrollment procedures, including a checklist of required documents, are available under Enrollment Procedures in the A-Z index at lbschools.net.
Students who have Medi-Cal or other insurance should contact their health care provider for any needed immunizations prior to school enrollment. Uninsured, qualifying students may obtain immunizations by appointment only at the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, 2525 Grand Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815. Appointments can be made by calling (562) 570-4315. View immunization requirements under Immunizations in the A-Z index at lbschools.net.
Senate Bill (SB) 277 changes immunization requirements for children entering child care or school. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, exemptions for religious or other personal beliefs are no longer an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into school or child care in California. Personal beliefs exemptions (PBEs) filed at a school or child-care facility before Jan. 1, 2016 will remain valid until the student enrolls in the next grade span, typically at kindergarten (or transitional kindergarten) or seventh grade.
Students entering grade seven must show proof of a second MMR and a Tdap booster immunization given after age seven to start the first day of school. Most students have met this requirement, but if you have received notification that documentation is still needed, please bring the immunization record to school before Aug. 31 to ensure your student's attendance on the first day of school. Students who do not provide evidence of Tdap before the first day of school will be excluded until the requirement is met. Find answers to other immunization questions at ShotsForSchool.org.
Free and Reduced-price Meals
Under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program, family size and income are used to determine eligibility. Schools receive additional funding for each child who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals. Children from households whose income is at or below federally designated income levels are eligible. Children who receive CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are eligible regardless of the income of the household in which they reside. Households that receive a letter stating that their students are Directly Certified to receive free meals do not need to complete a meal application to receive free meal benefits. Households that do not receive a letter of Direct Certification must submit a completed meal application before benefits may be issued. Foster children are now considered as part of the household in which they reside. A separate application for each foster child is no longer needed.
Free and reduced-price meal applications are mailed directly home via U.S. Mail in August for students who were enrolled in LBUSD as of June 30 of the current year. Each household may submit one meal application for all of the household’s children who attend LBUSD schools. For households that do not receive one in the mail, applications are also available at Nutrition Services at 3333 Airport Way, Long Beach, CA 90806, (562) 427-7923. Applications will be available at schools during registration and throughout the year. Completed applications may be returned to the cafeteria staff during registration or to the Nutrition Services office. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. A child’s meal application is good for the current school year and for the first few days of the new school year to allow for the processing of a new meal application.
A Personal Identification Number (PIN), or a meal card with a corresponding bar code for scanning purposes, is required for all students to be served a reimbursable meal. Students not qualifying for free or reduced-price meals must pay for their meals. A pre-payment option, using their PINs or meal cards, is available to all paid students. Parents have the opportunity to pre-pay for student meals and/or monitor their students’ cafeteria accounts online at the Payment Center with MySchoolBucks. Learn more about this and other pre-payment options at Nutrition Services in the A-Z index at lbschools.net.
Students’ PINs and more detailed information are included in the meal information packet mailed to households. At the elementary level, paid students who do not have money for their meal will be given a meal and have the meal charged to their pre-pay account. This service will be discontinued when the next meal would exceed a negative balance of $10. Notification outlining the repayment process will be sent to each student's parent or guardian.
To find out what is planned for lunch in the school cafeteria, parents may call the Lunch Line at (562) 427-7923, ext. 500 or visit the Nutrition Services menu web page. Parents of students with special dietary needs may contact a Child Nutrition Specialist in Nutrition Services at (562) 427-7923. Long Beach Unified School District is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Bus Stops and Routes
Parents who have already registered their children should receive a letter, if applicable, containing information about transportation. Anyone who is unsure of their child’s bus stop should contact the school where their child will be attending.
Long Beach Transit now accepts TAP, a durable plastic card that contains smart chip technology. Long Beach Transit uses TAP exclusively for student passes. Parents are reminded that students are subject to school rules when riding public transportation to and from school.
For more back-to-school information, contact your local school or the following offices:
• Elementary Schools – (562) 997-8247
• Middle and K-8 Schools – (562) 997-8100
• High Schools – (562) 997-8115