Online registration now open for Petal schoolsBy HASKEL BURNS,
For the fourth year in a row, the Petal School District is making it a little more convenient for parents and returning students to enroll for the upcoming school year.
Online registration is now open for the district, and school officials have emailed Snap codes to parents of returning students. The email will contain a personalized code for each student, along with instructions on how to go through the registration process.
Parents – including those of kindergartners who pre-registered in the spring – are asked to turn in proof of residency from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. July 16-18 or July 23-24 at Petal Primary School, 60 Herrington Rd. in Petal.
“So (parents) fill out their demographic information and submit it online,” said Andy Schoggin, chief financial officer for the school district. “What that does is fills out all the paperwork, because we basically have centralized registration.
“So if you’ve got a kid in kindergarten or at Petal High School, you don’t have to make multiple trips to multiple schools.”
New students will need to register at their respective schools from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 19-20. A $25 activity fee is required for each student to register.
“We wanted to give (returning students) an opportunity to have everything filled out and completed before they arrive, so hopefully it’s a time saver,” Schoggin said. “Typically what happens is, you come in and you’ve got your information completed, and we just verify your proof of residence.
“Once that’s done, you can typically be done in about 15 or 20 minutes, depending on how long the line is. We try to make it a one-stop shop at the primary school, where you can take care of everything at one spot – you can get your kid’s schedule, pay their fees for the year, and leave knowing that they’re ready to go to school and everything is taken care of.”
Schoggin said the online registration has been well-received over the last few years.
“The first year, we had to mail out half of the Snap codes as a hard copy to parents,” he said. “This year, out of about 4,100, we only had to mail out a hundred.
“So it’s getting results, and it’s doing pretty well.”