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SCS making push for school registration, helping with back-to-school needs at ‘Gear Up 4 School Day’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —Shelby County Schools is Tennessee's largest school district, and one of the biggest in the country. So, getting more than 111,000 students registered at more than 200 schools is no easy task.

Many families take advantage of online registration. However, parents can still register their children, turn in required immunization forms and handle other back-to-school business on Tuesday.

While this may seem simple for some, we live in a community where some families can't afford supplies or uniforms, or even have transportation to registration. That's why some schools are working extra hard to ensure that students show up on the first day.

It's already a packed house in the cafeteria at Whitehaven's Winchester Elementary where teachers and volunteers are getting ready for students to return.

"The teachers, we spend a lot of time preparing, planning, just thinking about children, parents and how can we their registration just wonderful, simple and easy."

For example, there are dozens of laptops lining the tables, so families who didn't register online or don't have access to a computer can do so Tuesday.

Principal Flora Childres says they're also making accommodations for Spanish-speaking families.

"We're going to make sure we have the proper papers filled out, we have a bilingual mentor right on hand for our Spanish-speaking population so we have all our teachers here, our educational assistants, we have parent volunteers that are coming."

There are also tables lined with shirts, shorts and shoes, and of course school supplies for students who need them.

"We don't want any parent to go away saying, 'Well I don't have school supplies,' or, 'I don't have a uniform for my child to come to school next week.' We want your child here, so we're going to provide a uniform for your child."

Childres says Gear Up 4 School Day will also be a lot of fun and parents who have younger children can bring them along too.

"We have the music going, it's free food, free drinks, free water because it's going to be a little warm, so we have water, we have a play area that we're setting up for the children."

Childres says the goal is to have every student registered and in school on August 7; that way they're set up for success for the rest of the year.

"We have to put schedules and routines in place so they can get adjusted to their environment."

Important Registration Information from SCS

  • Parents must have active email address to register online
  • Returning students need a PowerSchool Access Code
  • If students don't have the code, they should contact their child's school or call 416-6007
  • Two approved proofs of residence is required (Additional info is required for shared residency)
  • All students must be up to date on immunizations and physicals
  • Parents should verify if students will need to ride the bus before the first day of school
  • Anyone needing assistance can call 901-416-5300 or visit the Parent Welcome Center at 2687 Avery Ave

Dates to Remember

Gear Up 4 School Day

Tuesday, August 1st

8am-3pm; 4pm-7pm

Shelby County Schools Block Party

Saturday, August 5

10am-2pm

160 S Hollywood

First Day of School

Monday, August 7