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Back to School 2021: Students return to school on Wednesday, August 4

July 19, 2021

     All Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) students will begin the new school year on Wednesday, August 4, with a staggered start for in-person learning. Kindergartners, 1st, 6th, and 9th graders, as well as students with special needs who are served in a small-group will start in-person learning on August 4. All other students will participate in digital learning at home. On August 5, students in grades 2, 3, 7, and 10 will start in-person learning, with the remaining students in digital learning at home. On August 9, students in Grades 4, 5, 8, 11, and 12 will start in-person learning. (Students who opted out of in-person learning will begin digital learning on Aug. 4.)

Back-to-school activities planned for students

     Many GCPS schools will hold back-to-school activities in the week and days prior to August 4. Parents are encouraged to check school websites for the dates and times of these planned activities. These activities are a great way to get ready for the school year as students can meet teachers, pick up schedules and locker assignments, learn about bus routes, pay for school lunches, and learn about clubs and other opportunities. In addition, parents, have the opportunity to join the PTA and to learn more about their child’s school.

Registration for new Gwinnett students

     New students who are registering at a Gwinnett County school for the first time should contact their local schools for details regarding registration, testing for placement, and procedures. Registration is an easy two-part process:

  1. Start the registration process online (https://bit.ly/GCPS21onlineregis). Families can upload documents needed for registration. Most document attachments (PDF, JPG, DOC, PNG, etc.) are compatible. The file-size limit is 2 MB. (Families without internet access can bring documents to the school on designated days.)
  2. Visit your child’s new school to complete the process. All GCPS locations will be open for registration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday July 20, and Thursday, July 22. Call your local school (http://bit.ly/SchoolPhoneListGCPS) about additional registration dates and hours.

Parents unsure which school their child will attend should use “School Look-up” (http://bit.ly/GCPSSchoolLocator).

Documents needed for registration:

  • An official document showing proof of birth date. Examples include an original birth certificate or birth registration, an official state or federal form with date of birth, or passport. For a fee, parents can order a birth certificate for a child born in Georgia through the state’s ROVER service. http://gta.georgia.gov/rover
  • Proof that you live in the attendance zone. The school requires proof that you live in the attendance zone. You must present a current utility bill (no telephone bills) with one of the following documents: a non-contingent sales contract, current lease/rental agreement, most recent income tax return, current paycheck stub, current residential property tax statement or bill, current warranty or quitclaim deed, current home purchase agreement, or current homeowner’s insurance policy. This document must include the same address as the accompanying utility bill. An exception: A deed without an address is acceptable if accompanied by two utility bills (no telephone bills) with same address in the attendance zone. A contingency contract is not acceptable. If you live with a friend or family member and need information about verifying your residency, call your local school. If you do not speak English fluently, please call with the help of a bilingual friend or relative, in case an interpreter is not available.
  • Evidence of Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutrition Screening obtained in the past year. This information should be on a current Georgia Form #3300 (rev. 2013), available from the health department or your physician and dentist and dated within the last 12 months. Letters from appropriate healthcare professionals and out-of-state certificates are acceptable, if completed within the last 12 months and stapled to the state form. International certificates are not acceptable.
  • Proof of custody/guardianship. Proof of Guardianship is required for registration if the enrolling adult is not the birth parent. The following persons are authorized to enroll students:
  1. Parent (natural or adoptive)
  2. Legal guardian
  3. Grandparent with a properly executed power of attorney for care of a minor
  4. Kinship caregiver with a properly executed Kinship Caregiver Affidavit
  5. Foster parent appointed by a state agency
  6. Sponsor for approved International Exchange Program 
  • A photo ID. The person enrolling a student should present proper identification. This identification may include a driver's license, a state identification card, a passport, or other official photo identification, such as an ID card obtained through an official government agency or consulate.
  • A Georgia certificate of immunization. By state law, a valid certificate of immunization (Form #3231) or a notarized Affidavit of Religious Exemption, (Form #2208), is required for enrollment. The certificate of immunization must be completed by the health department or your private physician. A valid Form #3231 must be marked with either “Date of Expiration” or as “Complete for School Attendance.” (A certificate marked with a “Date of Expiration” expires on the date indicated. A current certificate must be submitted within 30 days of expiration.) A medical exemption, if applicable, should be noted on Form #3231 with a current date of expiration.

  •  Your student's social security number. State law requires that schools ask for this number at the time of enrollment. Students will be enrolled, even if the number is not provided. However, parents will be asked to sign a waiver.

    For more on registration, visit www.gcpsk12.org