Ready to #MakeitCountPBC? Here’s What You Need to Know for Back to School

The 2017-2018 school year begins in less than two weeks, and now’s the time to make sure that your family is ready for the Back to School rush. Here are some tips to make the last days of summer break a breeze rather than a Back to School battle.

Q. Where and how can I register? What do I need?

A. Registration should be completed directly with your child’s school. Special registration times will continue at every District school through Friday, August 4, to ensure that staff is available to assist with registration. Offices are open Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For registration after August 4, contact the school directly for times. Student registration and health requirements are available online.

Q. Where is my child’s bus stop and pick up time?

A. School bus routes and schedules will be available starting August 9. Routes and stops will be posted online or can be obtained by calling 561-357-1110.

Q. How do I register for free and reduced lunch?

A. Families should apply for free and reduced lunch prior to the start of school. Eligibility is based on household size and income. While applications are accepted throughout the year, families should submit applications by July 31 to ensure processing by the first day of school. Click here for the application.

Q. How do I add money to my child’s lunch account and make other school payments?

A. To add money to your child’s lunch account or make payments to for school programs before the start of school, visit School Cash Online.

Q. Can I still register my child for a choice program?

A. There is still time to apply to one of five Magnet Schools Assistance Programs (MSAP) schools including two International Baccalaureate (I.B.) elementary schools, a I.B. Middle School with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) infusion and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) middle school. Students in MSAP grant-funded programs will have personal iPads and other opportunities unique to their schools, including collaborating with local artists on murals and participating in STEM and STEAM nights. Teachers in the schools will receive extensive professional development, paid for by the grant, to create some of the most highly qualified teachers in the District. For more information on these programs and the application, click here.

Rising sixth graders can still register for the new K-8 STEAM program at Hidden Oaks Elementary School. ElAll students who are interested in joining the program will be accepted, and families with younger children can also have them register for Hidden Oaks Elementary School. Parents are encouraged to attend the school’s Open House on August 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., or individual tours can be requested by calling the school at (561) 804-3803.

Q. What is the schedule for the school year? What is the bell schedule?

A. The school year calendar for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years have been approved by the School Board. Please click here to view the bell schedule for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please note that some elementary schools in the District have an extended school day for intensive reading instruction. Those schools and school hours are:

  • Belvedere Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Benoist Farms Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Galaxy Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Glade View Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.
  • Highland Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Hope-Centennial Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Indian Pines Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.
  • K.E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Lantana Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.
  • Liberty Park Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.
  • Orchard View Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.
  • Pahokee Elementary School 8:10 AM – 2:45 p.m.
  • Palm Springs Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Palmetto Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Pine Grove Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Pioneer Park Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Pleasant City Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Rosenwald Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • South Grade Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • South Intensive Transition MS/HS 9:30 AM – 3:05 p.m.
  • Starlight Cove Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Washington Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.
  • West Gate Elementary School 8 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.Additionally, Royal Palm School has new school hours as well:
  • Royal Palm ESE (Pre-K) 8:30 AM – 2:30 p.m.
  • Royal Palm ESE ES/MS/HS 9:30 AM – 3:30 p.m.

Q. What supplies does my child need for school?

A. School supply lists vary by school and lists can be obtained on each of the school’s websites. The tax-free holiday which exempts back-to-school supplies from sales tax is from August 4 to August 6. Information on back-to-school events, school supply drives and other resources is available by clicking here.

Q. Does my child need to wear a uniform?

A. Check with individual schools for information on school uniforms. Information on clothing requirements is posted on the individual school’s websites.

Q. When do I meet my child’s teacher? Is there new students orientation?

A. Student orientations and meet-the-teacher events are planned by the schools directly. For information on your child’s school’s upcoming back to school event, contact the school directly or visit their website for information.

The School District of Palm Beach County has a one-stop-shop for all of your Back to School needs. Be sure to visit our Back to School website to find answers to your most common questions or contact your school directly with questions.