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School Starts Sept. 9

School begins for students in the Long Beach Unified School District on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Registration and Immunizations

Last-minute pre-registration for students new to the Long Beach Unified School District begins Aug. 24 for high schools, Aug. 27 for middle schools, and Sept. 1 for elementary schools.  Most students already registered during the spring.  Pre-registration of students new to the school district is done on a first-come, first-served basis at each school.  Most schools still have a few openings.  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 at least five years old by Dec. 2, according to state law.

Each school provides a registration packet with the required forms.  An immunization record and proof of residency (current utility bill with name and address) are required.  In kindergarten, a birth certificate is required.  Schools can provide assistance in obtaining a birth certificate if it has been lost.

Proof of tuberculosis test results and records of all state-required immunizations against nine other childhood diseases are required for all kindergartners and other students new to the Long Beach Unified School District.

Low-cost immunizations are available from the Long Beach Health Department.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 570-4221.

The latest information about swine flu precautions and vaccination efforts can be obtained from the City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department website.

Free and Reduced-price Meals

Under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program, family size and income are used to determine eligibility.  Children from families whose income is at or below certain levels are eligible.  Children who receive Food Stamps, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS), Kinship Guardian Assistance Payments (KinGAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are automatically eligible regardless of the income of the household in which they reside.  Eligibility for a foster child is based on an indi-vidual application and on the student's personal use income.

Free and reduced-price meal applications have been mailed directly home via U.S. mail.  Except for the foster child, only one application per household is required to participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.  For households that do not receive one in the mail, applications are also available in the Nutrition Services Branch office, (562) 427-7923.  Applications will be available at traditional-calendar schools during registration.  Completed applications may be returned to any school site during registration or to the Nutrition Services office. 
Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.  At the beginning of the school year, approved applications from the prior year are valid for a maximum 30 operating days or until a new application is processed.

A 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 prepayment option, using their PIN, is available to all paid students.  More detailed information is included in the meal application packet that has been mailed to households.  At the elementary level, a paid student who does not have money for his/her meal will be given a meal and have the meal charged to his/her prepay account.  This service will be discontinued once a negative balance of $10.00 is reached.  Notification outlining the repayment process will be sent to the student's parent and/or guardian. 

To find out what’s for lunch in the school cafeteria, parents may call the Lunch Line at (562) 427-7923, ext. 400 on any school day before 11:30 a.m. or after 2:30 p.m. or visit and click on Nutrition Services in the A-Z index.  Parents of students with special dietary needs may contact the Administrative Dietitian in the Nutrition Services Branch office at (562) 427-7923, extension 247.

Bus Stops and Routes

Parents who have already registered their children should receive a letter containing this information. Anyone who is unsure of their child’s bus stop should contact the school where the child will be attending.

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