WASHINGTON AND HOLMES COUNTIES – School registration is open and parents should not delay. Washington and Holmes County school district officials encourage parents to stop-in and register their child.

"It is never too early to begin the enrollment process," Superintendent Joseph Taylor. "Enrolling early just makes the process easier so you are not pressed for time."

Online registration is partially available to Washington County students. However, Taylor feels the need for face to face communication is important.

"I like that we are not completely online as far as registration is concerned because you lose that personal touch," said Taylor. "While you can do some things online, there are some things that are better understood with face to face contact."

If parents opt to take the online route, it is important to note that the parent must visit the child's campus in order to complete the registration process. For more information, go to www.wcdschools.com.

Holmes County provides enrollment applications for printing online and at schools. After printing and completing the form from the school district's website, the forms must be submitted to the school the child will attend. For more information, go to www.hdsb.org.

The following information is required to enroll a student according to the Florida Department of Education’s website.

• Proof of age. A certified birth certificate for US citizens may be requested online athttp://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm. If a birth certificate is not available refer to 1003.21, FS, for other acceptable documentation.

• A Florida Certificate of Immunization, Form 680 (blue card), completed by a Florida physician or by a Florida county health department. Parents should obtain a copy of their child's complete immunization history before leaving their current residence, as this form is not available to the general public. Information on Florida school immunization requirements is available athttp://www.doh.state.fl.us/Family/school/parent/parent_info.html.

• Evidence of a medical exam completed no less than 12 months prior to the child's school entry date. As long as the medical exam meets this 12-month requirement, parents may submit this information on the School-Entry Health Exam Form (DH 3040) or provide a copy of the exam obtained from their current physician before moving to Florida. This form and the accompanying guide are available online at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdcollier/pdf/School_Entry_Exam_06_02.pdf (PDF).

• Official documentation that the parent(s) or guardian(s) is a legal resident(s) of the school district attendance area.