Registration Information/Procedures

Dear Parents and Guardians:

On behalf of our Board of Education and entire district staff, I welcome you to the Bethel Public Schools. As your partner in your child’s education, it is our shared vision to make Bethel Public Schools a premier district in the state and nation and to be on the leading edge of educational excellence by providing a rigorous core education driven by a technology-powered pedagogy and access to significant opportunities to learn and grow through authentic real-world experiences.  We understand that the new global, knowledge economy calls all students to be innovators, critical thinkers and creative, collaborative problem solvers. As such our mission is to prepare students so they possess these skills and have the knowledge and background to work effectively with others in a truly global society.  We are committed to providing such an inspirational educational experience that our graduates will be compassionate, active citizens of the world and proud ambassadors of Bethel wherever their education and experiences may take them.

As you begin the process of registration and immersion into our schools, I invite you to explore our websites, contact our principals and PTO’s, and get a full picture of all that we offer students at every age. Much scientific research points to strong partnerships between families and schools as a strong factor in the success of children. There are numerous ways to get involved in the schools and I urge you to engage with our parent/teacher organizations to learn of those opportunities.  We have made a number of changes to our registration procedures in an effort to improve and streamline the process. Our staff is here to assist you each step of the way. You can expect to encounter highly professional, engaging, and helpful individuals in every department of our system. Should you have any questions or concerns or need any assistance please feel free to contact our staff either via email or phone. I look forward to meeting you in person and again, extend a very warm welcome to our schools.

Sincerely,

Christine Carver, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

How to Enroll Your Child

Welcome to the Bethel Public Schools.  To register a new student, please follow the steps below. Legal parents or guardians must complete the online registration forms, and provide required documents in order to register. 

Read the information below and follow the appropriate links to learn what you need to know about the Bethel Public Schools (BPS) registration procedures and policies for all students, along with downloadable forms.

How to Register Your Child

Spanish Translation - How to Register Your Child

Portuguese Translation - How to Register Your Child

When to Register

According to Connecticut law, your child must be five years old on or before January 1st to register for Kindergarten. There is no deadline for registration, but the Bethel Public Schools urges parents to register early. To be admitted, a child must meet all documentation requirements and health requirements.

Parents of students transferring to BPS from other school districts should enroll their children as soon as possible upon moving to Bethel.  Registration for transfer students is ongoing.




Registration Requirements

Step 1.  COMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW:

     

Registration Form for ALL GRADES for the 2017-2018 School Year


Step 2.  AFTER COMPLETING THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM  you MUST CALL AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MRS. McCOLLAM, REGISTRAR, AT 203-830-7355.

                             NO WALK IN REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED

                                  Registration Hours are by Appointment ONLY 
                         Tuesdays 8:30 to 10:30 AM & Thursdays 2:00 to 4:00 PM.


YOU MUST CALL THE DISTRICT REGISTRAR, FOR AN APPOINTMENT DATE/TIME.


Step 3BRING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS LISTED BELOW TO YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH  REGISTRAR’S OFFICE.

PLEASE NOTE:  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AT YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT, THE REGISTRAR WILL BE UNABLE TO KEEP THE APPOINTMENT AND YOU WILL NEED TO RESCHEDULE YOUR REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT FOR A TIME WHEN YOU HAVE ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION.

 

To register your child for school, you will need several documents. These include:

1. Child's original birth certificate with a raised seal AND a copy.

2. Proof that the adult registering the child is the parent or legal guardian (name on birth certificate matches the parent's picture ID or court documents of legal custody if divorced or separated).

3.  Proof of residency:  MUST supply the  following:

  • Home Owner - Real Estate Tax Bill, Copy of Property Deed, Current Mortgage Statement, or Settlement Statement (new home-owners only)  AND one current (1) utility bill (cable, electric, gas, telephone  or cell phone showing the name and address)

  • Rent/Lease  -

    • SIGNED Lease or Rental Agreement.   Lease agreement must be unexpired  and signed by lessor/lessee and dated.  Landlord contact information must be provided.  Two (2) current utility bills (see above) showing your name and address.  

    • Notarized Landlord Affidavit Form must be provided if there is no lease and you are renting month to month/weekly or your lease is expired.   Landlord contact information must be provided.  Two (2) current utility bills (see above) showing your name and address. Notarized Landlord Affidavit

    • Section 8 Agreement with dates of tenancy.  Two (2) current utility bills (see above) showing your name and address.

  • If you do not own or rent but are living with a Bethel resident- two (2) notarized affidavits, Resident Parent/Legal Guardian & Residency Affidavit Forms (these forms are on school website). These affidavits must be accompanied by two (2) current utility bills (see above) with your name and the address on them.  Additionally, one (1) current utility bill and tax bill from the Bethel property owner must also be presented with the owner’s name and the address. Residency Affidavit Forms

If you live in a household where all utilities are in someone else’s name or utilities are included as part of your rental agreement, please choose (2) two of the acceptable residency documents that display your Bethel address: Valid driver’s license  or valid CT DMV photo identification (stickers not allowed); valid automobile registration; current homeowners insurance or automobile insurance; current payroll stub; current bank or credit card statement; current letters from governmental agencies; or current court documents.   Submission of a utility bill may still be required to prove that the residence is occupied.
NOTE:  Motor vehicle tax bills and water/sewer bills are not acceptable for proof of residency.

4.  Student meets Requirements for Homeless or Unaccompanied Youth Status (Social Worker/Liaison to be contacted)

5.  Health Physical and Sports Physical Form for K-12 ("Blue Form")  Health Physical Form with current physical and immunizations for K-12 filled out and signed by your physician. It is the parent's responsibility to bring in this form filled out and signed by the physician.

6.  Request For Records Form or Official school records from another school system or country, if applicable and available.  Please fill this out and bring to the registration appointment.

7. Free/Reduced Lunch Application (if applicable) can be found on our School Lunch Information webpage in both English and Spanish: School Lunch Information

8. Special Services Registration Form if applicable

9. Required Document Check Off List

School placements will not be made until all documentation has been provided to the registrar and the student has been cleared medically by the school nurse.  
Once the child has been cleared by BOTH the registrar and the school nurse, the school will then call the parent/legal guardian to schedule a screening appointment for the child. Parents/legal guardians are asked to not go to the schools until they are called.   Please be advised that this process may take up to a few days when all the required documentation is turned in and even longer during peak registration time (August).

If you have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to contact the District’s Registrar.  Again, we welcome you to the Bethel Public Schools.

 

Where to go for your Registration Appointment

Bethel Public Schools Registrar’s Office

Mrs. Laurel McCollam, District Registrar

Bethel Board of Education

PO Box 253

1 School Street

Bethel, CT 06801

Phone: 203-830-7355

Fax:      203-794-8723

E-mail: mccollaml@bethel.k12.ct.us
 

School Contact Info:

F.A. Berry School

200 Whittlesey Dr.

Bethel, CT 06801

203-794-8680

 

A. H. Rockwell School

400 Whittlesey Dr.

Bethel, CT 06801

203-794-8690

 

R.M.T Johnson School

500 Whittlesley Dr.

Bethel, CT 06801

203-794-8700

 

Bethel Middle School

600 Whittlesley Dr.

Bethel, CT 06801

203-794-8670

 

Bethel High School

300 Whittlesley Dr.

Bethel, CT 06801

203-794-8600