School registration ongoing for 2017-18 school year

Are you new to the county and need to register a student? New students attending Chesterfield County Public Schools this upcoming school year should register as soon as possible at the school they are zoned to attend. Early registration assists the school division in preparing and planning for staffing needs at all schools.

Students must reside with a parent or legal guardian in Chesterfield County to attend Chesterfield County Public Schools. The school division may verify residency any year a student is enrolled in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Students attend the schools in their attendance areas unless a waiver is granted or they are accepted in a center-based or specialty program.

Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 of the school year to be eligible to attend kindergarten; there are no exceptions to this state requirement. Daylong prekindergarten programs for at-risk 4-year-olds are available at 20 elementary schools. There also is a prekindergarten program for children with disabilities who must be 2 years old by Sept. 30 to enroll.
To register for school, proof of county residency is required by providing one of these documents:

  • lease for at least one year or deed of a residence in Chesterfield County
  • contract or lease free of contingencies to occupy a Chesterfield residence within two months of the date of enrollment
  • resident manager’s letter on company letterhead stating that residence is a corporate residence in Chesterfield
  • weekly receipts for temporary residence in a hotel or motel for up to 60 days (requires renewal or evidence of more permanent residency within 60 days of enrollment)

Parents submitting a “lives with” form when registering must bring the person they live with. That person must provide proof of county residency, and the parent of the incoming student must provide two supporting documents with name and correct address.

It is helpful if transferring students provide a report card from their previous school and, if applicable, a copy of an individualized education program. After registration is completed, the Chesterfield school will request a transfer of records from the previous school.

In addition, a student enrolling in a Virginia public school for the first time must provide a certified original birth certificate, record of a physical examination (performed within the past 12 months) and updated records listing dates of each state-required immunization. Documentation is required of age-appropriate immunizations for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP), polio, hepatitis B and varicella (chickenpox). A one-time booster of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) is required for all sixth-, seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students.  Three doses of properly spaced human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine are required for girls, with the first dose administered before entering sixth grade. Parents or guardians may elect that their child not receive the HPV vaccine. Documentation of HPV exemption or vaccination is not required; if provided, documentation will be accepted by the school. For more information about immunization, visit vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/Immunization/requirements.htm.

Students can register during office hours at their home school. For school attendance zones or registration information, visit mychesterfieldschools.com.