2013-2014 School Registration Information
Registration for ALL Mattoon students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Registration will be conducted at the school in which the student is enrolling (i.e. Williams Elementary School, Riddle Elementary School, the Armstrong Program at Hawthorne School, Mattoon Middle School and Mattoon High School). Children do not need to be present during registration. Parents who are unable to register their children on either of these two days should call their child's school after Aug. 6 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to make other arrangements.
All district registration forms can be completed and printed prior to registration at: Registration Forms. If you do not have access to the Internet, blank district forms will be available to complete at each registration site.
Only children who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Likewise, only children who will be six years old on or before Sept. 1 are eligible to enroll in first grade. Full-day and half-day kindergarten programs are available to all students.
Parents who have pre-registered their child for kindergarten must complete the registration process [pickup parent handbooks and school supply lists, pay fees ($40 for elementary and middle school), return their child's school physical and immunization record, apply for free or reduced lunch, meet school officials, etc.] on either of the above dates. All parents should bring their children's Social Security numbers and the name and telephone number of an adult to contact in case of an emergency during school hours.
All kindergarten, sixth grade, ninth grade, and out-of-district transfer students are required to have had a physical examination within the previous 365 days, and to be properly immunized. Any students in special education programs that will have turned, or will be turning, ages five, ten, and fifteen are required to have a physical examination and to be properly immunized. All kindergarten, second, and sixth grade students must present proof of having been examined by a licensed dentist before May 15 of the current school year. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years must provide a statement from a physician that their child was "risk assessed" or screened for lead poisoning in accordance with State Law.
All kindergarten and students that are enrolling in a school district in Illinois for the first time are required to have an eye (vision) exam.
The school nurse will be available during registration to check for compliance. Students who are not in compliance will not be allowed to attend school. However, recent out-of-state transfer students who did not attend Mattoon Schools the previous school year may request an extension of this deadline from the school nurse. In addition, an official copy of the child's birth certificate (not a hospital certificate) must be presented at the time of registration for a child enrolling for the first time in the district (kindergarten or out-of-district transfer). Students will not be allowed to attend school without first showing proof of a valid physical and immunizations.
Parents will be required to provide evidence that they reside in the Mattoon School District by showing a valid driver's license or some other proof of residency. All parents will be required to fill out a residency questionnaire. Parents who are divorced and non-parent guardians must provide a copy of their divorce decree or court order granting them legal custody. Only resident students of the Mattoon School District may attend the Mattoon Schools without the payment of tuition. Any person who knowingly or willfully gives any false information to a school district about the residency of a student in order to avoid tuition maybe guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
Transportation personnel will be available to answer questions about bus routes, schedules, and assignments. Children who reside less than one and one-half miles from school are not eligible for bus transportation. Pick-up and drop-off at a childcare provider is available only on established bus routes for eligible riders.
Mattoon School District allows a limited amount of student transfers between elementary attendance centers. Requests to transfer between elementary schools must be made in writing to the building principal. Approval of such requests will be made solely on the basis of class enrollment that, in some cases, will not be known until after school begins. Transfer Application forms will be available at registration.
Students from families that meet certain income requirements are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Information on eligibility guidelines will be available during registration.
All school offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 1, and thereafter. School principals will be available to answer questions or provide information concerning educational matters.
To access the 2013-14 School Calendar "At a Glance", click the calendar button below.
To view what registration forms you will need to fill out: