School starts Wednesday, Aug. 28 for most students in the Long Beach Unified School District. Most school offices will reopen by 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19. 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. Exceptions to the Aug. 28 start date include the Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science, along with the California Academy of Mathematics and Science. Both Sato and CAMS start Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Registration and Immunizations
Pre-registration of students new to the school district is done on a first-come, first-served basis at each school. Attendance at the school of residence is not guaranteed and is based on space availability. 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. Check with individual schools on when they will offer last-minute pre-registration for students new to the school district.
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is being provided as a response to 2010 legislation that changed the entry date for kindergarten from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1. TK, an educational opportunity for children born in the fall, is the first year of a two-year program that provides children who have birthdays between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 a curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate, taught by credentialed teachers. Parents have a choice to enroll their student in Transitional Kindergarten or wait the additional year when the student is age eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Enrollment is available at the school site.
LBUSD also will offer Early Transitional Kindergarten (ETK) at selected schools located throughout the district. Early Transitional Kindergarten is for students turning five years old after the eligibility date for TK. These students must turn five during the current school year. Their date of birth must be between Dec. 3 and June 14. Parents interested in ETK may call (562) 997-8087.
For more information, go to Transitional Kindergarten in the A-Z index at lbschools.net.
The student enrollment process takes place at the school of residence, not the district office. Whether the school site participates in online registration or traditional enrollment, parents must first bring the required documents (Residency Verification, Proof of Age, and Immunization Records) to the school office to begin the enrollment process. 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.
LBUSD participates in the Child Nutrition Programs administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Households may qualify for free benefits without submitting an application, if one of the following conditions is met:
Student's household receives CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits.
Students are certified as foster children by the California Department of Social Services.
Students are certified by the school district’s offices as homeless, runaway or migrant children.
Students attend a school where meals are provided to all students free of charge.
If your student meets one of the conditions above, you will receive a notification letter about your student’s meal benefits without further application. All other households may submit a meal application to determine if they qualify for free or reduced price meals on an annual basis.
To apply for free meal benefits, you may do one of the following:
Submit an on-line meal application via ParentVUE. With a simple click on the link in ParentVUE, you may view the meal application that has been populated with the student’s name, date of birth and student identification number for each of your students under this ParentVUE account. It is the easiest and fastest way to apply.
Complete an on-line meal application at: https://longbeach.rocketscanapps.com.
Return a completed paper application to any school cafeteria or to the Nutrition Center at 3333 Airport Way, Long Beach, Calif., 90806.
Paper applications are available in school cafeterias throughout the year and at Nutrition Services, 3333 Airport Way, Long Beach, Calif., 90806, (562) 427-7923. Completed paper applications may be returned to the cafeteria staff or to Nutrition Services. Applications (online or paper) may be submitted at any time during the school year.
In the new school year, approved free and reduced-price meal eligibility from the prior school year is carried over for up to 30 operating days (carry-over period) at the beginning of school. Once a new meal application is processed for a household, the new determined eligibility will go into effect immediately. Students from households that do not qualify for free or reduced price meals must pay full price for school meals. Prior to the end of the carry-over period, Nutrition Services will send a phone message and a letter to the households of students with pending expiring eligibility.
For a student to be served a meal, he/she must enter his/her Personal Identification Number (PIN) or Student Identification Number (SID) into a key pad, or use a meal card with a corresponding bar code for scanning purposes at the cashier station. Students not qualifying for free or reduced-price meals must pay for their meals. Students new to the district will need to pay for meals or bring a lunch until a submitted meal application has been approved for free or reduced price meals, unless they attend a school that provides meals to all students without charge. Households with students who pay for their meals may do so in advance by using one of two payment options:
(1) Deposit money into an account set up exclusively for that student, at the school’s cafeteria.
(2) Make secured payments, and/or track account balances, and receive low balance reminders via the online payment service, www.MySchoolsBucks.com or visit lbschools.net, Nutrition Services: Meal Payment Options & Prices for details.
Students’ PINs and more detailed information are included in the meal information packet mailed to households.
Charge Policy for School Meals: The Nutrition Services Branch extends credit up to $11 for students in elementary and K-8 schools who do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Parents will be notified in writing with a request to repay the cafeteria for meals served to their children when they did not have payment for meals they received. Credit will not be extended to middle and high school students. Middle and high school students must have meal payments to receive their meals.
To find out what is planned for school meals in the school cafeteria, parents may call the Lunch Line at (562) 427-7923, ext. 500 or visit the Nutrition Services menu web page under Menus (Meals) in the A-Z index at lbschools.net. 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