New Centralized Registration and Resource Center at 49 Osborne St. rolled out by the District
By Anne Mead
The Danbury Public Schools has longed for years to change its school registration process into one that is more family friendly, efficient and centrally located. On Monday, February 1, 2016, the Centralized Registration and Resource Center located at 49 Osborne Street was open.
“Enabling families to have a place that provides ‘one stop shopping’ for school registration and other needed services, such as free and reduced lunch applications and registration for the Extended Learning Programs (before and after school), has always been a goal of the District. We are sensitive to the needs of parents, realizing that their time is precious. Having one place centrally located and easily accessible by public transportation will meet the needs of our family population,” said Dr. Sal Pascarella, Superintendent of Danbury Public Schools.
All children new to the Danbury Public Schools will now register at the Center.
“We are encouraging families to register early rather than waiting, especially Kindergarten children!!” said Joe Martino, the District’s business manager. “Early registration allows schools to form the next year’s class list early in June, which helps getting bus routes in place” he said.
Kim Thompson, director of human resources, echoes the need for early registration. “The earlier parents register their children for school the more prepared the District will be obtaining teachers for each classroom, as each year we struggle at the end of the summer with teacher hiring. This year, we are really encouraging parents to enroll during the spring so that they can take advantage of orientation and screenings at their home school”.
The Central Registration and the Resource Center houses many programs that families and their children may need. Besides registering for all of Danbury’s schools, parents can complete free and reduced meal applications, register with ELP for the before and afterschool program and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Saturday Academies, receive information about the Danbury Family Learning Center and its programs for families and gather information about community resources in Danbury.
Parents can register their children for any school in Danbury, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 am to 3:30 PM. Families who speak a language other than English should call the ESL Registrar at 203-790-2849. Saturdays and evening times will be added in a few weeks. More information on what is required for school registration can be found at www.danbury.k12.ct.us or by calling 203-797-4734.