Hillsborough County: What You Need To Know For Going Back To School

Hillsborough County parents can find more back-to-school information at sdhc.k12.fl.us. Here are a few highlights.

Identifying your school

New to the Hillsborough County school system? To find out which school your child is zoned for, visit the school district's website at gis.sdhc.k12.fl.us/schoollocator. Enter your address, and the site will generate which school is appropriate for each grade level, as well as contact information. If parents have questions about their zoned school, they can call the Choice Line at (813) 272-4692.

Registering your child

Parents of students who are new to the district must accompany their children to register at their designated school. If the child is coming from a public school outside of Florida, or from a private school anywhere, families need to provide the following:

Proof of a physical examination in the past 12 months by an approved, licensed health care provider or the Hillsborough County Health Department.

A report card or transcript from the last school attended (the new school's registrar will send for the permanent record).

Verification of parent or legal guardian's address, such as a tax receipt or proof of homestead exemption, current electric bill, contract for purchase of home, warranty deed or lease agreement.

Proof of birth date, such as a birth certificate or state of Florida birth registration card. Alternatively, the family can provide a baptismal certificate showing date of birth and place of baptism, as long as it is accompanied by parents' sworn affidavit. Families also can use an insurance policy on the child in force for at least two years; a Bible record of the child's birth accompanied by the parents' sworn affidavit; a passport or certificate of arrival in the United States showing the age of the child; a school record at least four years prior, showing date of birth; or parents' sworn affidavit accompanied by a certificate of examination from a health officer or physician verifying the child's age.

Immunization records showing proof of proper immunization.

All students must attend the school in the district where their parents or legal guardians live, and must live with at least one of them — unless they have a seat assignment to another school or program through Hillsborough Choice Options. In the alternative, they must have a homeless affidavit. Proof of guardianship is a photocopy of the court order appointing guardianship.

The school collects Social Security numbers for unique identification of students and employees.

New to Hillsborough?

Families with a child from another public school in Florida but outside Hillsborough, will need to provide everything listed above, except proof of physical exam.

Back

-to-school nights/orientations

Back-to-school nights and orientations are typically held in the second or third week after school starts, so plan for sometime in the first two weeks of September. Parents will be getting back-to-school packets in the mail with specific dates. Some schools may also put out a phone call.

Bus

routes

Parents can check the district's website for their child's bus route. Visit sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/445/transportation/resources/busroutes.

For choice routes, visit edconnect.sdhc.k12.fl.us/GisUtils/ Transportation.faces.

Magnet ramp information is available at sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/444/ramplocations-resource.

For more information, call the district's transportation at (813) 982-5500.

Lunch and breakfast prices

Breakfast is free for all students. Lunch is free for all students who meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price meals.

Elementary school lunch: $2.25

Middle and high school lunch: $2.75

Immunization requirements

Students in kindergarten through 12th grades who are making their initial entry into a Florida school must present a record of a physical examination completed within the past 12 months.

For students entering grades K-6 , the immunization record must show that the student has met minimal state requirements for vaccines. (For kindergarten students, if the fourth dose of polio vaccine is administered before the fourth birthday, a fifth dose of polio vaccine is required for entry into kindergarten. The final dose of the polio series should be administered on or after the fourth birthday regardless of the number of previous doses.)

Five doses DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus)

Three to five doses polio (kingergarten)

Four doses polio (grades 1-6)

Two doses MMR (measles, mumps rubella)

Three doses hepatitis B

Two doses varicella (chickenpox) or have had the disease

For students entering grades 7-12, the record must show that the student has met the minimal state requirements.

Five doses DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus)

Four doses polio

Two doses MMR (measles, mumps rubella)

Three doses hepatitis B

One dose Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)

One dose varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or have had the disease.

Four vaccines that may not be mandated for your child's grade level, but are recommended to be discussed with your physician for grades 7-12 are: two doses varicella (chicken pox), meningococcal meningitis, hepatitis A series, and the HPV series. (The HPV vaccine has been approved for males and females.) If a child has had the chicken pox disease, documentation (the year the child had the disease) as verified by parent or physician, should be given to the school.

If you have private health insurance or Medicaid, contact your physician or health care provider. If you do not have private health insurance or Medicaid, contact the Florida Department of Health, Hillsborough County Immunization Clinic for further information.

For questions about immunizations, the best point of contact is the Department of Health. Call (813) 307-8015, ext. 7701.

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