Student Enrollment



New to the Sevier County School System?
This step by step guide shows how to enroll your child in school.

Step 1
Determine the Child's Eligibility:

All children age 5 by August 15, 2014 and not age 21 on the first day of school living within Sevier County are eligible for enrollment. Each child seeking to enroll in the school system must be a resident of Sevier County.

Step 2
Identify and Contact the School
:
Registration takes place at each individual school. Parents are asked to please call the school in advance, to let us know when you will be enrolling your child. School office hours are from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. If you are unsure about which school your child should attend, please call the School Bus Garage at 865-453-3568.

Step 3
Gather the necessary documents :

Parents need to provide the following documents when enrolling their children in Sevier County Schools for the first time:

  1. The child’s certified birth certificate (no photocopies or Mother's Copy or Hospital Copy)
  2. Tennessee School Immunization Record
  3. Copy of the child’s social security card (optional)
  4. Proof of a health physical
  5. Proof of residency which can be in the following forms:

* Sevier County Electric System or utility district bill
* Mortgage document or property deed
* Apartment or home lease (legally notarized rental agreements)
* Any other documentation that will objectively and unequivocally establish that the parent with legal custody or legal   guardian lives in the county full time (current paycheck stub with local address, IRS forms, DHS benefit documentation,   alimony and child support documentation, bank account statements, insurance documents)
* Certified copy of filed petition for legal guardianship


Transfer/Moving out of town/state:
When a child changes schools during the school year, a parent/guardian should visit the school office to complete a withdrawal form before enrolling the child in a new school.

Transfer within the Sevier County School System during the school year:
Requests for a change of schools (after the open enrollment period) that do not include an actual change of residence must be approved by both the receiving and exiting school principals as well as a Central Office designee. Contact your child's principal for more information about the correct procedures for transferring schools within the Sevier County School System during the school year.


Required Immunizations

update The Tennessee Department of Health has new rules for immunization requirements in child care, pre-school, school and college.

Visit the Tennessee Department of Health for more information. http://health.state.tn.us/CEDS/required.htm

A brief summary of the required immunizations for child care facilities, schools and colleges is listed below. The new requirements are in bold print and the effective dates are italicized in parentheses.

Children enrolling in child care facilities, pre-school, pre-Kindergarten
Infants entering child care facilities must be up to date at the time of enrollment and are required to provide an updated certificate after completing all of the required vaccines due by 18 months of age.

  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)
  • Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (1 dose of each, usually given together as MMR)
  • Varicella (1 dose or history of disease)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) – age younger than 5 years only (This requirement is resumed immediately, following suspension during a national Hib vaccine shortage 2008-2009)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV) (July 1, 2010)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) – age younger than 5 years only (July 1, 2010)
  • Hepatitis A – 1 dose, required by 18 months of age or older (July 1, 2010)

immunizations

Children enrolling in Kindergarten

  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 doses of each, usually given together as MMR)
  • Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV) – final dose on or after the 4th birthday now required
  • Varicella (2 doses or history of disease): previously only one dose was required (July 1, 2010)
  • Hepatitis A –total of 2 doses, spaced at least 6 months apart (July 1, 2011)

All children entering 7th grade (including currently enrolled students)

  • Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster (“Tdap”) – not required if a Td booster dose given less than 5 years before 7th grade entry is recorded on the DTaP/Td line (no later than October 1, 2010)
  • Verification of immunity to varicella – 2 doses or history of disease (July 1, 2010)

Children who are new enrollees in a TN school in grades other than Kindergarten or 7th

  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 doses of each, usually given together as MMR)
  • Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV) – final dose on or after the 4th birthday now required
  • Varicella (2 doses or history of disease) – previously only one dose was required
  • Hepatitis B (HBV) – previously only for Kindergarten, 7th grade entry

Children with medical or religious exemption to requirements

  • Medical – Physician or health department authorized to indicate specific vaccines medically exempted (because of risk of harm) on the new form. Other vaccines remain required.
  • Religious – Requires a signed statement by the parent/guardian that vaccination conflicts with their religious tenets or practices. If documentation of a health examination is required by the school, it must be noted by the healthcare provider on the immunization certificate. In that case, the provider should check the box that the parent has sought a religious exemption.

Full-time Tennessee college students

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 doses of each, usually given together as MMR): if born on or after January 1, 1957 only.
  • Varicella (2 doses or history of disease): if born on or after January 1, 1980 only, Effective (July 1, 2011)

Hepatitis B (HBV) – only for health science students expected to have patient contact (before patient contact begins)
Effective (July 1, 2011)

Students should also consider the need for the meningococcal vaccine, particularly if the student will be living in a dormitory.

Minimum ages or dose intervals – Tennessee follows published CDC guidelines. For vaccines with critical minimum age requirements (e.g., MMR, varicella) or minimum dose intervals, doses are considered valid if given up to 4 days before the minimum age or dose interval. Doses administered more than 4 days early are considered invalid and should be repeated as recommended.

Alternative proof of immunity for certain diseases – A positive serology (year of test documented) is acceptable as an alternative to immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B or varicella. For varicella, documentation of provider diagnosed varicella (year) or provider-verified history of disease given by a parent or guardian (year) also is acceptable. By documenting a history of disease, the provider is asserting that he or she is convinced that the child has had chickenpox.