Bronx parents get ready for the first day of school

To avoid the usual crunch of the first day of school, the Department of Education is now allowing Bronx students to register early for the new school year. However, there are plenty of other things for parents to worry about before school begins, including some new immunization requirements. Chickenpox vaccines, for instance, are now a requirement for children born after January 1, 1998.Registration is required for children who are new to the public school system, or for those who have moved. Parents can register their children at neighborhood schools. If your child is a high school student and does not have a zoned school yet, you should visit one of the high school borough centers at the Bronx High School of Science or Monroe High School.For school registration, parents will need to do the following: Bring your child to the school with you. Provide verification of address, such as a utility bill Bring your child's immunization records If your child is transferring schools, bring documentation of the student's eligibility to enter the grade he or she is being registered for. Register as soon as possible in order to avoid the rush.In addition to these registration tips, experts recommend that parents make a back-to-school shopping list, get a hold of a school calendar, make arrangements for transportation and begin setting bedtimes back before school starts. Children should also memorize information such as their address and important phone numbers.

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