LAWTON, Okla._With less than a month away before the first day of school, officials with Lawton Public Schools are getting antsy about the slow pace of new student enrollment.
At this point, they have only seen about half of the anticipated enrollees. That means the lines in the next few weeks may be longer than your patience can tolerate. So, LPS officials are encouraging families who are either new to the district, or have moved to another part of Lawton since the end of last school year, to get their kids enrolled now.
Start to finish, most were in and out in less than 15 minutes, but as we move closer to that August 21 start date that wait time is expected to increase.
"That can get frustrating, waiting in line for a lengthy period of waiting your turn. So, the more we can get people down here now, the better it'll be for us and the parents as well," explained Kim Elam, student data administrator.
Elam says on their busiest day last year, staff enrolled nearly 160 students in a single work day.
"Say half of them haven't filled their paperwork out, they're having to sit down and do that, that takes a while and it causes a long waiting line," Elam said.
She says if you're brand new to the district, there are a few items you'll need to bring with you, including a proof of residency, such as a lease or utility bill.
"It needs to show a service at that address, like a water bill, electric bill, cable bill. General mail, we do not accept," Elam explained.
You'll also need to bring the original copy of your child's birth certificate and up-to-date immunization records. Elam says open enrollment is designed to streamline the process and be more convenient for parents.
"It lets them get it all done in one stop. They don't have to go around town to each of the different age levels of schools to enroll their children in different buildings," Elam said.
Elam says the process can also be sped up by bringing an already filled out enrollment packet with you. Those can be downloaded on the LPS website. Oklahoma's immunization requirements can also be found there.