Frequently Asked Questions
August 14, 2017
New students should call their home school to register as soon as possible.
All District schools will be open for registration from June 6 through August 4.
• Tuesdays: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
You may visit the Student Registration Page at www.palmbeachschools.org/students/studentreginfo.asp or see the checklist below:
Students who are new to Palm Beach County
- Completed registration form (PBSD 0636)
- Proof of residence*
- Record of immunization
- Record of physical
- Proof of birth (birth certificate, passport, religious records)
- Additional helpful documents, information from the previous school
Students transferring from within the Palm Beach County School System
- Completed registration form (PBSD 0636)
- Proof of residence*
*Proof of Residence
Upon initial enrollment in a school, a student or parent must produce two current documents reflecting the correct residential street address. Post office boxes, private mail box addresses or commercial establishment addresses are insufficient. Examples of acceptable documents reflecting residential street addresses are as follows: (According to School Board Policy 5.011)
- Home telephone or cellular telephone bill
- Electric bill
- Rent receipt with the name of the tenant and landlord and contact information for all parties
- Lease agreement with the name of tenant and landlord and contact information for all parties (valid only through the expiration date indicated on the agreement. Upon expiration, parents must present a copy of the renewed or new agreement to the school office.)
- Mortgage paperwork
- Home purchase contract including specific closing date, with copy of the deed to be provided within 30 days of closing date
- State of Florida driver's license
- State of Florida identification card
- Automobile insurance policy
- Credit card statement
- United States Postal Service confirmation of address change
- Evidence of correspondence, including a stamped, addressed, postmarked envelope delivered to the home address or
- Declaration of Domicile form from the County Records Department
To find out the school(s) assigned to your residence you may call the Boundaries Department at (561) 434-8100 or visit PalmBeachSchools.org and click on the “Find My School” tab on the right side of the page.
For first time entry into a Florida school you will need to comply with the following:
Students are required by Florida Statute 1003.22 and School Board policy to present, at the time of entry, valid documentation of a health examination performed within one year prior to the first date of entry.
The School Entry Health Exam Form (DH 3040*) includes:
- Part I completed and signed by the parent
- Part II completed and signed/stamped by the physician
*A copy or facsimile of a completed and appropriately signed DH 3040 is acceptable. However, every effort should be made to have the original documents on file at the school.
- Physical examinations are required for Palm Beach County students entering grades Pre-K, Kindergarten and 7th and preferably presented on the DH 3040
- Transfer students from within the state of Florida should present records that reflect physical examinations having been performed for at least Kindergarten and 7th grade
- Physical examinations are also required for first-time entry of all transfer students from outside the state of Florida, or from another country, regardless of grade
- Out-of-state physical exams for school entrance are permitted if they include all components included on the DH 3040 and have the physician's signature and office stamp. If presenting an out-of-state physical exam, the parent/guardian must also complete and sign Part I of the State of Florida DH 3040. Copies of Part I of the physical exam (DH 3040) have been made specifically for this purpose and should be available at all the schools
- Out-of-state physicians are able to complete the DH 3040 and may receive a copy of the DH 3040 by contacting the School Health Program, Florida Health Palm Beach County at (561) 671-4168
The list of immunization requirements are as follows:
2017-2018 School Year
|MMR (2 doses)||x*||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Hepatits B Series||x*||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Varicella (1 dose)||x||x||x||x||x|
|Varicella (2 doses)||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
Or visit the School Health Requirements page at www.palmbeachschools.org/sis/SchoolHealthEntryRequirements.asp
*PK – Age 3 vaccine doses as indicated for age.
All new students seeking entrance into a public school in Palm Beach County are required by Florida Statute 1003.22 and School Board Policy to present, at the time of entry, valid documentation of the Florida Certification of Immunization Form (DH 680) that they have received the required immunizations against the communicable diseases as identified by the Department of Health.
A valid DH 680 must include:
- The student’s complete name, date of birth, and the name of the student’s parent/guardian
- All vaccine dates with the month/day/year
- Name of the physician or clinic; physician or clinic address; signature (or signature stamp) of the physician, nurse or the physician’s authorized designee; or the County Health Department stamp, nurse’s signature, and the date the form was signed and issued. Electronic signatures from FL SHOTS are valid
- The Florida Certification of Immunization – (DH 680) – includes sections for temporary and permanent medical exemptions. Temporary Medical Exemptions must have an expiration date. Permanent Medical Exemptions must specify which vaccine the student is exempted from and the valid clinical reason for exemption. Permanent Medical Exemptions must be signed by a physician (M.D. or D.O.) Copies of Florida Certification of Immunization (DH 680) can be accepted. If a hardship exists for parents transferring students, according to statute, it is permissible to allow 30 school days for the transfer of records. The Certificate of Religious Exemption, (DH 681), is available only through the Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County. It is not available from private physicians. Only a DH 681 will be accepted at school sites. This form is generated by FL SHOTS program for the Health Department, electronically signed, and can be printed on white or color paper. Note: Homeless students and students entered in a Juvenile Justice program without immunization and physical exam documentation must be enrolled and receive a 30 day exemption. Follow-up with these students should be coordinated through the school counselor.
School hours vary from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. - 4:05 p.m. Visit www.palmbeachschools.org/showcase/ for your school’s hours, or you may also contact the school directly.
The School a child attends is based on the parent/guardian's home address. Parents may call the Boundary Office at (561) 434-8100 or visit www.palmbeachschools.org and click on the Find My School tab on the right side of the page to find the appropriate school for your child.
To obtain specific information about Palm Beach County Schools contact the school directly. To obtain contact information for the individual schools visit www.palmbeachschools.org/showcase. Or contact the Office of Community Engagement at (561) 357-7572.
You may complete a Student Reassignment Form (PBSD 0249). Requests are considered based upon space availability and the school's diversity goals. Valid reasons for transferring a student include supervision hardship, health reasons, change of legal residence, allowing a senior to finish the year at the school he or she had been attending, and transfers that improve the racial balance of both schools involved. For more information visit the Student Reassignment page or call (561) 434-8755.
Each school has its own bus routes, schedules and a bus coordinator. Schedules are generally ready about one week before school and are available by calling the school your child will attend or by visiting the Transportation website at www.palmbeachschools.org/transportation/ and click on “Find My Bus Stop”.
Most elementary schools have School-Age Child Care (SACC) programs in the morning and afternoon for students whose parents work or need extended care. Visit the Afterschool Programming website at www.palmbeachschools.org/afterschoolprogramming/ or call (561) 687-6387.
Breakfast and lunch are served daily at all schools.
Breakfast is FREE TO ALL STUDENTS AT ALL SCHOOLS.
Lunch at elementary schools: $2.05 per day full price; 40 cents per day reduced price.
Lunch at secondary schools: $2.30 per day full price, 40 cents per day reduced price. Adult lunch: $3.00
Under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, free and reduced price meals are available to students who qualify. Application forms are now available online at www.palmbeachschools.org/sfs or call the School Food Service Office at (888) 383-2025 for more information.
All schools have programs to support the English language development and academic needs of students in the English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) program. If you have questions, contact the Department of Multicultural Education website at www.palmbeachschools.org/multicultural/ or call (561) 434-8620.
Contact the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) coordinator at your school. If your child is not in an exceptional student education program, the ESE coordinator will arrange a meeting of the Child Study Team (CST) at the school. With your input, the CST will develop a plan to assist your child. If your child needs additional support, the CST will request your permission to evaluate your child to determine if he or she needs special attention.
If your child is already in an exceptional student education program, the ESE coordinator at your school will invite you to a meeting to review your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP). For more information contact the Department of Exceptional Student Education website www.palmbeachschools.org/ese/ or call (561) 434-8276.
Families with students entering Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 have the opportunity to choose from more than 280 Choice and Career Programs offered at the elementary, middle, and high school levels that provide innovative and rigorous academic instruction by specially trained teachers.
For details contact the Department of Choice Programs and School Choice at (561) 434-8755 or visit www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms/.
Generally, private schools are open the same days as the public schools; however, dates and times do vary. Call the private school for specific information.
Students should report five (5) minutes prior to scheduled bus arrival time.
Parents or guardians are responsible for supervising their children between home and the school bus stop, as well as while waiting for the school bus to arrive.
Bus routes are determined based on enrollment and student’s physical address that is two (2) or more miles from their home school.
We make every effort to keep walking distances between students’ homes and their bus stop location as short as possible. The safety of students is the first consideration when determining bus stop locations.
Per Rule 6A-3.001 of the Florida State Board of Education, students may be required to walk up to one and one-half (1 ½) miles from their home to their assigned bus stop.
Students who live within a 2-mile radius of a school can be assigned a bus only if there is a hazardous condition that is set forth by Florida State guidelines. This requirement does not apply to Exception Student Education (ESE) students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.
The following items are prohibited on the bus: balloons, large bulky packages, live animals, and sharp objects. Large school projects, skate boards and large musical instruments including Tuba, French Horns, Drum Kit, Baritone and Trombone, cannot be transported on a school bus.
Band instruments permitted on the school bus while transporting students to and from school includes the Trumpet, Alto Sax, Flute, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet.
If you have a concern with your child’s bus driver or attendant, report the concern by calling the Transportation Services Call Center at 561-357-1110. The call center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To report reckless/aggressive driving by a School District bus operator, call the Transportation Services Call Center at 561-357-1110. The call center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
You may also call the “How’s My Driving?” hotline advertised on the back of our buses. That number is 1-866-969-5800.
The ESE Contact at your child’s assigned school is responsible for submitting a request for transportation on an ESE route.
To cancel your child's ESE bus transportation for the day, call the Transportation Services Call Center at 561-357-1110. The call center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you are requesting permanent cancellation, the ESE contact at your child's school is responsible for submitting the cancellation request.
If your child was absent or did not ride the school bus for three (3) consecutive days, please call the Transportation Services Call Center at 561-357-1110. The call center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Per the union contract, a specific driver request is not possible due to routes being assigned based on an annual bidding process and in which routes are assigned based on the seniority of the drivers.
To report property vandalism, contact your local Law Enforcement agency.
If your child has been suspended from riding the school bus, contact your child’s school and speak with the administrator or designee who imposed the disciplinary consequences.
Contact the transportation administrator/designee at your child’s school.
Report the injury to the school site transportation administrator/designee, and call the Transportation Services Call Center at 561-357-1110. The call center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Contact the Transportation Services Call Center at 561-357-1110. The call center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Also, check with your child’s bus driver the next time your child rides the bus.