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On Monday, Caddo Parish Public Schools kicked off an enrollment blitz campaign designed to ensure students are enrolled in school for the 2020-2021 school year. Emphasizing the importance of having every school-aged child enrolled in a school, Caddo Superintendent Dr. T. Lamar Goree said he is proud to partner with Caddo District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. to provide options to families on methods of enrollment.

Families interested in enrolling their children may visit www.caddoschools.org/enroll or register in person at Caddo Schools’ Attendance Department located at 1638 Murphy Street. Beginning Aug. 19 and continuing through Aug. 26, the District Attorney’s Office will open an additional enrollment site for families at the Caddo Juvenile Court FINS Office, located at 1835 N Spring Street.

“In this time of creating a new normal amid a pandemic, we are committed to providing safe venues for our families to register their children for school,” Dr. Goree said. “Whether a family enrolls online or in person, the process should be seamless and built to support our parents and students. We are grateful to Judge Stewart and his team for working with our district to create an additional site for our families to visit to allow for social distancing and safe environments to complete registration.”

Judge Stewart said he is looking forward to the opportunity to increase parent access to enrollment resources.

This is the time for the community to come together and really support our Caddo Parish students,” Judge Stewart said. “We look forward to working with parents to resolve issues so students can focus and be excited about school.”

Regardless of whether a family is registering a child using the district’s online portal or in-person, required documents to complete registration include a proof of residence from the parent such as a utility bill or lease and an official ID as well as information specific to the child including a birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization records and previous school information if available.

Families only have to enroll their children for the upcoming year if they are moving from another district or the child is new to Caddo Schools. Children who attended a Caddo campus in the 2019-2020 school year are automatically enrolled for the next year.

Additionally, as the agency which oversees truancy cases, the DA’s Office has worked closely with Caddo Schools to advise and approve district guidance for attendance in light of the pandemic. This includes requirements for students in all instructional models to participate in coursework and assignments daily. In the event a child is unable to participate due to illness or another issue, an excuse will be required as in previous years. If a student has more than three unexcused absences, a parent conference will be scheduled to discuss the importance of a student attending school.

If the pattern of unexcused absences continues, the Truancy Assessment and Services Center (TASC) will refer any parent to the District Attorney’s Office.

“Our district is prepared to offer the highest quality instruction in the safest manner to families, but to do so, it is essential for our students to be present and participating,” Dr. Goree said. “We are proud to have a strong working relationship with the DA’s Office and TASC to determine why a student may not be attending school and offer supports to make sure a child is receiving instruction.”

In addition to the partnership with the Caddo District Attorney’s Office, Caddo Schools is also preparing for the upcoming school year by working one-on-one with families to determine technology needs, internet service availability in the home and any food service needs.

“We must do everything we can as a school system to ensure we are addressing the needs of the whole child including access to nutritious meals, technology to conduct assignments and other needs such as uniforms and school supplies,” Dr. Goree said. “Together with our community, we are working to address these barriers to learning head on to support a successful school year.”

Caddo’s 2020-2021 school year begins on Aug. 24.