FWCS Parents Must Register Their Kids For School (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose

August 2, 2013 Updated Aug 2, 2013 at 6:37 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Thousands of parents in the Summit City went back to school today -- to register their children for the upcoming school year.

If you missed Friday’s registration, you must go to your child’s school between noon and 7 p.m. on Monday.

Fort Wayne Community is the largest school district in the state, with about 31,000 students. And every one of them needs to give a school important information before classes begin.

"It's pretty painless. Just the basic information, they have most of it filled out for the previous year and then we just have to double-check everything," says parent Tiffane Craiger.

You must provide updated contact information, and if you're new to the district, you need to bring a birth certificate, social security card and vaccination paperwork with you.

Ingrid Laidroo-Martin/Irwin Elementary Principal: "Having people register makes sure we have all the information that we need, so that on day one, we know exactly what everybody's doing, how to get hold of somebody in case there's any issue, and then how they're getting home. Because those are the main things that everything can change, and it has to be done right," says the principal of Irwin Elementary, Ingrid Laidroo-Martin.

Something else the district tries to do right -- providing free or reduced lunch to about three out of every four of its students. So if you receive food stamps, you'll need to bring your case number to sign up your child for that.

"Your household information, income, the number in the household, and also like I said, the case number. If they have that, it's automatic, you know, approval," says Irwin’s cafeteria manager, Candyce Griffin.

Walter Raines is a teacher with a second grader at home, so he knows how important it is to get his son ready for school now.

"Getting him back in phase with going to bed early, getting up early, getting used to the schedule, things like that. I might wake him up early, like on school hours then let him go back to sleep, things like that,” Raines says.

Classes begin August 19th.

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