Story last updated at 3:21 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2002

Student registration, immunization scheduled
by Chris Bernard
Staff Writer

The dog days of summer are upon us, and that can mean only one thing for students -- school is looming right around the corner.

New student registration will be held throughout the area in coming weeks.

The state gave student health a shot in the arm last year when it boosted vaccination requirements for schools and child-care facilities. Those heightened requirements remain in place this year.

Students are required to receive nine vaccinations, including hepatitis A and B, and children attending child-care must receive 11. Children must at least begin the vaccination series prior to beginning school or child-care.

Other vaccinations include diphtheria, tetanus, tertussis, polio, measles, rubella and mumps. For child-care, haemophilus influenzae type B and chickenpox vaccines are also required. Vaccinations can be received at the Homer Public Health Care immunization clinic.

Immunizations and tuberculosis screening for preschool and elementary students are offered each Tuesday from 1 to 3:30 p.m., and for junior high and high school students from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Special clinics will be offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 12-15 and Aug. 19-22.

Parents are asked to bring their children's shot records.

A back-to-school shot clinic for Chapman School students will be offered Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Homer Public Health Center at 235-8857.

Registration for students entering seventh or eighth grade at Homer Middle School will be held today from 9 a.m. to noon. Students who attended Homer Middle, McNeil Canyon Elementary or any other Homer-area public schools last year do not need to register.

To register, bring the student's shot records, birth certificate and a copy of report cards from previous schools attended.

School begins at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 21. School is dismissed at 3:10 p.m. each day. For bus information, call 235-7513.

On the first day of school, students should enter through the multipurpose room to receive homeroom assignments and locker numbers.

Combination locks can be purchased for $5 each, and students should have two locks -- one for their hall lockers and one for their gym lockers.

Student registration for Homer High School will be held from 9 a.m. to noon for seniors, and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for juniors, on Aug. 15; and from 9 a.m. to noon for sophomores, and 1 to 3:30 p.m. for freshman on Aug. 19.

Student photos will also be taken at this time. Parents are asked to bring money for photo packets.

Children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 15 are eligible for kindergarten this year. Chapman School in Anchor Point will hold its new student and kindergarten registration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays beginning today and running through Aug. 15. To register, bring a copy of the child's birth certificate, immunization record and name and address of any previous schools attended. For more information, contact the front office at 235-8671.

Paul Banks Elementary School will hold new student registration today and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m. Class lists will be posted Aug. 20.

Parents may visit their child's classroom from 3 to 4 p.m. that day. A Parent Teacher Organization meeting will follow.

To register, bring a copy of the child's birth certificate, shot record and social security number.

School begins Aug. 21 for grades one and two, Aug. 25 for kindergarten.