Friday, July 17, 2015

School District Families Must Prove Residency Annually

Our school district is introducing a new process for families to provide proof of residency and to verify emergency contact information, two things all families are asked to each year. Our annual residency requirement helps ensure that only children living in our school district are attending our schools. Verifying contact information helps ensure that we are able to reach a parent, guardian, or other designated contact person in the event of an emergency. This year we are introducing an online process so families can do both from home. We expect this new system to improve the accuracy of contact information and to give parents more direct control over contact information on their child. Parents will access their child's contact information through the PowerSchool parent portalInstructions for getting started are listed on the back of a letters being mailed to all families this week.

If parents prefer to prove residency in person or to have us help with the new online process for verifying emergency contact information, representatives from all schools will be on hand at Grain Valley South Middle School on Tuesday, July 28th, from 2:00-8:00 PM and on Wednesday, July 29th, from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, to answer questions and accept proof of residency documents. We will have computers available for parent use to update the emergency contact information for their child.

Students become eligible to receive a class placement and/or a class schedule only after proof of residency is provided.

Residency can be verified with one of the following:
1.      Utility bill in the resident's name may be uploaded online or shown in person. Instructions for uploading a utility bill are included in the parent letter.
a.      Gas bill, electric bill, or water bill accepted.
* Water bill must include portion with the resident’s address.
* June or July statements only and no final or disconnect notices will be accepted.
2.      Rental lease agreement including names of occupants, date of agreement, landlord’s name, address, phone number, and signatures, must be shown in person and are not accepted online.

Again, instructions for verifying emergency contact information and to submit proof of residency online are included in a letters being mailed to all families.

Call our district office at (816) 847-5006 with any questions about the process for proving residency or updating emergency contact information on your child.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 19.