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 Seeing is Believing - Kindergarten Round-Up 2014

Don’t miss the one day chance on Thursday, May 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to take your child to register for kindergarten at the school he or she will begin attending in August 2014.

All Elementary Schools are holding a one day on-site Kindergarten Registration on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Please contact your zoned school for details. You can access the schools zones here. The Central Registration Center will register incoming Kindergarten students starting May 1 through the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

Georgia students are now required to have a nutrition Body Mass Index (BMI) entered by a physician on form 3300 and presented by the parent/guardian when registering a child for school. Contact your child’s physician or the Health Department’s website at http://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/ or by phone at 770-949-1970.

Information and completed forms that you must have to register include: a certified copy of your child’s birth certificate; Immunization Form 3231; Eye, Ear, Dental and BMI Form 3300; your child’s Social Security card or waiver; a parent/guardian photo I.D.; current mortgage statement and utility bill or current lease agreement and utility bill; and a multi-family form (if needed). Utility bills must be issued within the last 30 days.

For downloadable registration checklists and forms, please visit our website at http://www.douglas.k12.ga.us/Default.asp?PN=DocumentUploads&L=2&DivisionID=1930&DepartmentID=9756&LMID=405390&ToggleSideNav=DivisionOnly.

Parents of Kindergarten students who are unable to attend the one day on-site registration may go directly to the Registration Center any time on or after May 1 to register. No on-site school kindergarten registration will be processed at schools after May 1.

The registration center is located at 4841 Bill Arp Road/Highway 5, Douglasville, GA 30135.

Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Central Registration Center is closed on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day.

Click here to view school registration hours for May 1, 2014.

 The Douglas County School System Releases Video Public Service Announcement to Put the Brakes on School Bus Stop Arm Running 

The Douglas County School System (DCSS), the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) have released a video Public Service Announcement (PSA) to help educate the community about the growing problem of illegal passing of school buses. The video that can be viewed here, explains how the CrossingGuard® school bus stop arm safety solution works. It also highlights the role of law enforcement, the penalties issued, and the importance of school bus safety.

“Keeping our children safe is our number one priority,” said Dr. Gordon Pritz, Superintendent. “With these cameras, we hope to change driver behaviors and reduce violations to protect the lives of the children who ride Douglas County school buses every day.”

In 2013 according to a Stop Arm Violation Survey conducted by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) drivers passed school buses illegally over 6,800 times in one day statewide, putting thousands of Georgia children in jeopardy. This video details the DCSS’ campaign to ensure the safety of their students by catching drivers who illegally drive by school buses when they stop to pick up or drop off students.

“In the few days that we ran our surveys of our bus drivers calling in these violations, we had hundreds of people running these school bus stop arms and it is a very big problem in the Douglas County School System,” said Andy Micacchione, Coordinator of Transportation.

Dwayne Worthan, Captain of the Uniform Traffic Division, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office explains, “Once we’ve received the video, there will be a deputy assigned to review it. The deputy will look at the video and the violation and at that point they would determine whether or not it needs to be accepted or rejected.”

Viewers will see how the CrossingGuard® solution, which mounts purpose-built cameras on the side of the school bus, automatically detects a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm and captures video of the violation including the vehicle‘s license plate. They will learn how law enforcement reviews the violation video and license plate images for approval prior to a citation being issued and the penalties that range from $300 - $1,000 for stop-arm violations.