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School Starts Aug. 29

School starts Wednesday, Aug. 29 for most students in the Long Beach Unified School District.  Most school offices reopen Aug. 20. Watch individual school websites for additional back-to-school information. Access school websites by finding individual schools in the A-Z index at lbschools.net. Exceptions to the Aug. 29 start date include the Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science, along with the California Academy of Mathematics and Science. Both Sato and CAMS start Aug. 14.

Registration and Immunizations

Pre-registration of students new to the school district is done on a first-come, first-served basis at each school. Attendance at the school of residence is not guaranteed and is based on space availability.  If classes fill up at a neighborhood school, parents will be advised of the options available for their children to attend other schools in the district. To be eligible to enroll in kindergarten, children must be five years old by Sept. 1, according to state law. Check with individual schools on when they will offer last-minute pre-registration for students new to the school district.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is being provided as a response to 2010 legislation that changed the entry date for kindergarten from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1. TK, an educational opportunity for children born in the fall, is the first year of a two-year program that provides children who have birthdays between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 a curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate, taught by credentialed teachers. Parents have a choice to enroll their student in Transitional Kindergarten or wait the additional year when the student is age eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Enrollment is available at the school site.

LBUSD also will offer Early Transitional Kindergarten (ETK) at selected schools located throughout the district. Early Transitional Kindergarten is for students turning five years old after the eligibility date for TK. These students must turn five during the current school year. Their date of birth must be between Dec. 3 and June 14. Parents interested in ETK may call (562) 997-8087.

For more information, go to Transitional Kindergarten in the A-Z index at lbschools.net.

The student enrollment process takes place at the school of residence, not the district office. Whether the school site participates in online registration or traditional enrollment, parents must first bring the required documents (Residency Verification, Proof of Age, and Immunization Records) to the school office to begin the enrollment process. Details on enrollment procedures, including a checklist of required documents, are available under Enrollment Procedures in the A-Z index at lbschools.net.

Students who have Medi-Cal or other insurance should contact their health care provider for any needed immunizations prior to school enrollment. Uninsured, qualifying students may obtain immunizations by appointment only at the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, 2525 Grand Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815.  Appointments can be made by calling (562) 570-4315. View immunization requirements under Immunizations in the A-Z index at lbschools.net.

School Meals

Long Beach Unified School District participates in the Child Nutrition Programs administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals will receive meals at no charge to the households. Who qualifies to receive meals free of charge?

  • Children from households whose income is at or below federally designated income levels are eligible.
  • Children whose households receive CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are eligible
  • Foster, homeless, runaway and migrant children are eligible for free meal benefits.

If your household has been directly certified to receive free meal benefits, you will receive a Direct Certification letter notifying you about your student’s meal benefits without further application. Households that do not receive a letter of Direct Certification and wish to apply for meal benefits must submit a completed meal application to Nutrition Services for an eligibility determination. All meal applications are confidential and will only be used for the Child Nutrition Programs and will not be shared with any other agency. Schools receive additional funding for each child who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals.

To apply for free meal benefits, you may do one of the following:

  1. Submit an on-line meal application via ParentVUE – With a simple click to the link in ParentVUE, you may view the meal application that has been populated with student name, date of birth, and student identification number for each of your students under this ParentVUE account. It is the easiest and fastest way to apply.
  2. Complete an on-line meal application at: https://longbeach.rocketscanapps.com
  3. Return a completed paper application to any school cafeteria or to the Nutrition Center at 3333 Airport Way, Long Beach, CA 90806.

Paper applications are available in school cafeterias throughout the year and at Nutrition Services, 3333 Airport Way, Long Beach, CA 90806, (562) 427-7923. Completed paper applications may be returned to the cafeteria staff or to Nutrition Services. Applications (online or paper) may be submitted at any time during the school year. A child’s meal eligibility determination is good for the current school year and for the first few days of the new school year to allow for the processing of a new meal application.

For a student to be served a meal, he/she must enter his/her Personal Identification Number (PIN) or Student Identification Number (SID) into a key pad, or use a meal card with a corresponding bar code for scanning purposes at the cashier station. Students not qualifying for free or reduced-price meals must pay for their meals. A pre-payment option, using their PINs, student IDs, or meal cards, is available to all paid students. Parents have the opportunity to pre-pay for student meals and/or monitor their students’ cafeteria accounts online at the Payment Center with MySchoolBucks. Learn more about this and other pre-payment options at Nutrition Services in the A-Z index at lbschools.net. Students’ PINs and more detailed information are included in the meal information packet mailed to households.

Charge Policy for School Meals: The Nutrition Services Branch extends credit up to $11 for students in elementary and K-8 schools who do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals.  Parents will be notified in writing with a request to repay the cafeteria for meals served to their children when they did not have payment for meals they received. Credit will not be extended to middle and high school students. Middle and high school students must have meal payments to receive their meals.

To find out what is planned for lunch in the school cafeteria, parents may call the Lunch Line at (562) 427-7923, ext. 500 or visit the Nutrition Services menu web page. Parents of students with special dietary needs may contact a Child Nutrition Specialist in Nutrition Services at (562) 427-7923. Long Beach Unified School District is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Bus Stops and Routes

Parents who have already registered their children should receive a letter, if applicable, containing information about transportation. Anyone who is unsure of their child’s bus stop should contact the school where their child will be attending.

Long Beach Transit now accepts TAP, a durable plastic card that contains smart chip technology. Long Beach Transit uses TAP exclusively for student passes. Learn more about TAP passes. Parents are reminded that students are subject to school rules when riding public transportation to and from school.

For more back-to-school information, contact your local school or the following offices:

• Elementary Schools – (562) 997-8247
• Middle and K-8 Schools – (562) 997-8100
• High Schools – (562) 997-8115