Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the age requirements to start Pre-k and Kindergarten?

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    To start Preschool your child must be 4 before September 1, 2018.

    To start Kindergarten your child must be 5 before September 1, 2018. 

     


     

     

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  • What documents are required to register my child?

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    • Parent or Guardian Photo ID
    • Birth Certificate 
    • Updated immunization record (from doctor or clinic)
    • Proof of Address (i.e. current utility bill received in last 30 days in name of legal parent or guardian registering child)
    • IEP with pages signed, if applicable

     

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  • How is Lowell residency defined?

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    In order to attend the Lowell Public Schools, a student must actually live in the City of Lowell. A student's primary residence is the place where s/he dwells permanently, not temporarily, and is the place that is the center of his or her domestic, social, and civic life. Temporary residence in the City of Lowell, solely for the purpose of attending a Lowell public school, shall not be considered residency. The primary residence of a minor child is presumed to be the legal residence of the parent(s) or guardian(s) who have physical custody of the child.

     

     

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  • How does the Lowell Public Schools verify Lowell residency?

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    Families registering for the Lowell Public Schools or submitting a change of address must demonstrate Lowell residency by submitting a photo ID and a current utility bill (i.e. National Grid/Comcast).  Cell phones bills are not acceptable.

     

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  • Why must I bring a photo ID?

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    A photo ID is required for all registrations, changes of address, or transfer applications as proof that the person making the application matches documentation for parent/guardian status and is also the person whose name is associated with the proof of residency. Acceptable photo IDs include:

    - A Driver's license
    - Massachusetts ID card
    - Passport
    - Military, School or Employment ID

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  • What if I live with a friend or relative?

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    If you share housing with a friend or relative, you may use the Affidavit of Residency by Third Party form to fulfill the proof of residency requirement. Ask the person you are living with to complete, sign and have notarized the affidavit to affirm your residence. The person signing the affidavit and yourself must come down to the Family Resource Center to complete the final paperwork. The person that you are residing with must bring a photo ID and a current utility bill in their name to that address as well.

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