;title=Cove Herald/TJ MAXWELLChristine Quichocho of Copperas Cove Independent School District’s Central Administration helps Debbie Wilson, center, register daughter Caitlyn, 3, during pre-kindergarten registration for new students Wednesday at Copperas Cove High School.
Shelley Brown of CCISD’s Central Administration, at right, helps Danielle Springall fill out paperwork to register son Cameron Barnes, 4, during pre-kindergarten registration for new students Wednesday.
By Mason W. Canales
The Cove Herald

The Copperas Cove Independent School District Wednesday and Thursday held its first two student registration sessions for the 2011-12 school year.

The early start was exclusively for pre-kindergarten students, who make up about 10 percent of the district’s student body, CCISD student service director Debra Hull said.

“We are the only district in the area that does 3-year-old pre-k,” she said. “We usually run at 900 pre-kers in the district.”

At the event, parents turned in their child’s vaccination forms and received information from elementary campuses and the transportation department.

Copperas Cove resident Nicole Gonzales chatted with other parents while she waited to register her 4-year-old daughter Kaylie.

“She is very excited,” Gonzales said about her daughter starting school. “I am excited for her, too, but it’s also sad.”

Gonzales said Kaylie has been in daycare, so adjusting to school shouldn’t be too stressful for her.

Each school gave parents a list of needed supplies, information on Meet the Teacher night, and school forms, including an emergency contact sheet, to complete.

Also, the transportation department was present to register students for bus rides.

An elementary school bus averages between five to 10 pre-k students, said Joseph Riley, a bus driver.

To qualify for transportation, a student must live at least 2 miles away from the school or there must be a safety hazard, such as a lack of a sidewalk, he said.

To ensure students’ safety on the bus, the district also collects the students’ emergency contact information and distributed a card that allows only parents to take their child off the bus, he said.

New students will have three more opportunities to register, Hull said.

Registration for pre-k through eighth grade will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 19 and 20. General registration begins Aug. 8 at the individual schools.

CCISD new student registration

The next Copperas Cove Independent School District new student registration will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 19 and 20, with a shot clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To enroll the students, parents or their legal guardians will need to bring:

Student’s Social Security card

Current immunization records, the immunization requirements for 2011-12

Proof of residence within CCISD (current utility bill or lease contract)

Emergency contact information

Copy of student’s records from school most recently attended (if applicable)

Guardianship papers (if applicable)

Official birth certificate

Proof of eligibility for pre-kindergarten (current pay statement, military ID card, food stamp or TANF paperwork, adversary hearing paperwork)