||The following documentation is to be presented at the time of enrollment:
• Deed for residential property or contract on a residential property in Prince William County;
- One of the following must be presented to school staff as proof of residence in Prince William County:
• Current rental or lease agreement for residential property; or
• Notarized Affidavit of Residency attesting to bona fide residency in Prince William County.
• Additionally, any two of the following showing the residence address must also be presented to school staff: valid driver’s license, car registration, utility bill or utility hook-up paperwork, personal property tax bill, voter registration, bills, or other documentary evidence of similar reliability.
Beginning in the 2008–09 school year, the Virginia Department of Health provided information on the human papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV vaccine to schools for distribution to families with rising sixth-grade girls.The HPV vaccine series, which is administered in three evenly-spaced doses, is optional for female students, with the first dose given before the child enters sixth grade. Unlike other required vaccines, after reviewing the materials provided by the Virginia Board of Health, the parent or guardian may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine. For additional information, parents may contact Dr. Sandra Sommer, Division of Immunization, Virginia Department of Health, by telephone at 804.864.8055, or by email at Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tia Campbell, Office of Student Services, Virginia Department of Education, by telephone at 804.786.8671, or by email at Tia.email@example.com.
- A valid birth certificate, a certified copy, or completion of an affidavit provided by the school;
- A social security number (however, no student will be denied enrollment or attendance due to failure to present a social security number);
- A copy of the current IEP if the student has been receiving special education services;
- A certificate of physical examination done within one year of school entrance for students entering kindergarten through grade 5;* and
- Documentary proof of adequate immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, mumps, measles (rubeola), German measles (rubella), and varicella as outlined in Attachment II of PWCS Regulation 755-1 (available in schools or online at pwcs.edu).
- All preschool, school-age, or adult students who are seeking admission to PWCS who have been out of the United States for a period of three or more consecutive months during the previous five years are also required to submit a tuberculosis screening test prior to admittance.
Students who do not have all of the immunizations and a physical examination will not be allowed to attend school. However, students may be conditionally enrolled if they provide proof of having received at least one dose of each of the required immunizations, accompanied by a schedule for completion of the required doses within 90 days and a physical examination recorded on the state-approved form (MCH 213F),* as outlined in PWCS Regulation 755-1. Objections based on religious or medical grounds may be discussed with the principal.
The Prince William County Public Health Department gives immunizations at its clinics. While there is no fee for routine childhood immunizations, charges may apply. Call 703.792.6300 (Manassas), or 703.792.7300 (Woodbridge) for information. (For more details about the physical examination, immunizations, or to download forms, go to the Student Services' Health Services home page.)
*Physical examination forms are available from the main office of each elementary school or at either of the two Central Registration sites. The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Health
require the physical examination documentation to be on the MCH 213F (School Entrance Health Form). If completing this form for use in Head Start, EPSDT screening and diagnostic tests apply. This includes blood lead (test at age 1 and 2, or age 3 if not previously done) and a screen for anemia (hemoglobin or hematocrit annually at ages 2-5). Record the specific results and date of each in the spaces provided. For other children, EPSDT lead or anemia screen, or any significant history of abnormal test results, may be noted in this section as information to the personnel reviewing the form.
Virginia law provides for the following:
A child who has reached his/her fifth birthday on or before September 30, should be enrolled in kindergarten. However, if in the opinion of the parent or guardian, the child is not prepared to attend school, a request for a waiver may be submitted in writing to the base school principal.
A child who will be 6 years old on or before September 30, 2009, must attend school.
Non-Residents Attending Prince William County Public Schools
Parents who do not live in Prince William County must pay tuition if requesting that their child attend Prince William County Public Schools. Per child tuition for the 2009-10 school year is $5,691 in-state and $10,514 out-of-state.
School hours are staggered by grade level to use buses most efficiently. Generally, high schools are in session from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; middle schools from approximately 8:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.; and elementary schools from approximately 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Special education preschool students typically attend one of two half-day sessions that run from approximately 8:45 a.m. to noon, or from approximately noon to 3:30 p.m.
Individual school hours may vary slightly from the general hours of operation for that level. Bell times are listed on the PWCS Web site, pwcs.edu. Click on the “Schools” button and choose “Bell Times” in the drop-down menu. Principals will inform parents and students of the hours school is in session. The business hours for the Central Office are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
SCHOOL AGE CARE- SAC (CHILD CARE)
Prince William County offers School Age Care (SAC) to address the needs of the growing number of working parents who would like adult supervision for their elementary-age children before and after school. The self-supporting program is directed from the Office on School Age Care at 4379, Suite 201, Ridgewood Center Drive, Woodbridge, Va. 22192. Minnieland Private Day School, Inc., which is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services, offers the program in 46 elementary schools.
Before-school care begins at 6 a.m. The after-school program starts when classes are dismissed and the service ends daily at 6:30 p.m. An all-day program from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. is offered on teacher workdays. Parents have the option of choosing either before-school or after-school child care, or both.
SAC serves students at the following elementary schools: Alvey, Antietam, Ashland, Bel Air, Belmont, Bristow Run, Buckland Mills, Cedar Point, Coles, Dale City, Dumfries, Ellis, Fitzgerald, Glenkirk, Gravely, Kerrydale, King, Lake Ridge, Leesylvania, Marshall, Marumsco Hills, McAuliffe, Minnieville, Montclair, Mountain View, Mullen, Neabsco, Occoquan, Old Bridge, Pattie, Penn, Pennington, Porter, River Oaks, Rockledge, Rosa Parks, Signal Hill, Springwoods, Sudley, Swans Creek, Triangle, Tyler, Vaughan, Victory, Westridge, and Williams. Parents whose children attend one of these schools and who work or attend school at least 20 hours a week are welcome to register their children in the program.
The weekly fee for care before and after school is $89. Before-school child care costs $60 per week and after-school care is $65. During winter, spring, and summer breaks, a full-day program is offered at selected elementary schools for $125 per week. Reduced weekly fees are available for children receiving free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program, and for multiple children from one family. The nonrefundable application/registration fee is $40 per child. Registration is on a first-come, first-placed basis.
The SAC program offers students the additional opportunity to participate in school and extracurricular activities which may not be available in other out-of-school child care programs. Information and the application are available at www.pwcgov.org; click on “Residents,” “Youth,” “Child Care,” and then “School Age Care.” Items may also be found on the School Division’s Web page at pwcs.edu. In the drop down menu under “Schools,” click on “School Age Care.”
Applications and additional information is available at the Prince William County Web site: pwcgov.org/sacare
If you have questions about serving children with special needs or questions not answered on the application form, please call the Office of School Age Care at 703.792.6091
School bus transportation is provided for students who live more than one mile away from the school in which they are enrolled, or who require transportation because of special needs. Express bus service is provided for students enrolled in specialty programs. This service is to and from express bus stops only. Bus schedules are distributed to individual schools and posted on the PWCS Web site. In addition, post cards with bus stop information will be mailed to the homes of all students using regular school buses. Students who require special transportation services will be directly notified of their bus arrangements by their respective schools.