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This page is meant to provide current and prospective students (and their families) with an overview of items that might need to be addressed before the start of school.

Be sure to check your school's webpage for specific information about registration and start-of-school planning. If you have any trouble with your JeffcoConnect login, contact your child's school for assistance.

Students New to Jeffco Public Schools

If you are new to our district, start by going to JeffcoConnect. (Detailed instructions for JeffcoConnect are available in this Quick Reference Guide.) Once you get there, choose "New Parent/Guardian to Jeffco Schools" and begin the process of setting up a parent account.

Once you finish entering your parent information, enter student information for each student you need to enroll in Jeffco. After you have entered all of your student information, hit "Submit."

Once you complete the JeffcoConnect process, contact your school and arrange a time to provide them with the following required documents:

  • Original birth certificate
  • Immunization records
  • Proof of residence*
Check with the school, as well, to see if they require any additional documents such as a new student profile form. 
Returning Student: New Jeffco School

Since you are returning to Jeffco, you already have a JeffcoConnect account. Do not create a new JeffcoConnect account. If you are changing schools because you have moved, log in to JeffcoConnect to change your parent address. Then change the address of each student you have enrolled in a Jeffco school.

Once you update JeffcoConnect, contact your new school and arrange a time to provide them with the following required documents:

  • Original birth certificate
  • Immunization records
  • Proof of residence*
Check with the school, as well, to see if they require any additional documents such as a new student profile form. 
Returning Student: Same Jeffco School

All parents/guardians must update JeffcoConnect every year in order for their students to be considered registered.

Log in to JeffcoConnect to be sure all your contact details and preferences are up-to-date and set as you want them to be. For more information, view our Quick Reference Guide for Returning Students.

Pay special attention to the "Notification Preferences" tab within each contact associated with each student. Be sure to check and update the preferences for EACH student, as they are considered separate records. Additionally, parents cannot access each others' information, so each guardians' information should be updated.

 

*Proof of residence can be an official piece of mail like a utility bill or lease/mortgage agreement that shows the name of the parent/guardian on the student's registration and the same address as the student.

Checklist & Reminders

Check your school's website for important start of school information, including, but not limited to:

School supply lists and forms due for the first day
School calendars and bell schedules
Attendance policies
Emergency and security procedures
Drop-off and pick-up procedures
Student parking information (high school)
Bus schedules (bus stop times, fees, and routes can be found here)
Athletics and activities information 
Back to School events or orientations

Many of these items will be located on your school's website. You can also consult the district's Student and Family Handbook.

Log in to JeffcoConnect to update your information. (If you have forgotten your username, contact your child's school. If you have forgotten your password, go here and click on the forgot password link.) All parents/guardians must complete this step to be considered "registered" each year.

- Be sure all contact details and preferences are up-to-date and set as you want them to be. Pay special attention to the Notification Preferences tab within each contact associated with each student. These check boxes determine what messages you receive from the school and district, and how you receive them. Note: Weather-related school closures are NOT issued as emergency messages; they fall under the "General" category.

- Be sure to check all information and preferences for EACH student; they are considered separate records. Additionally, parents cannot access each others' information, so be sure all guardians update their information.

- Acknowledge you and your student have reviewed the Student and Family Handbook and Internet Use Agreement (Acceptable Use). You do not have to sign a paper copy, if you complete this review in JeffcoConnect.

Pay fees (available beginning Monday, July 31). While you are logged in to JeffcoConnect, click on "Jeffco Student Fee Payment" in the bottom of the "User Information" section. Schools can provide you with specific information about what your fees cover. You can learn more about fees here.

Add lunch money to your child's account or set up a new account through MyPaymentsPlus.

Review and update immunizations. If your child had any required immunization updates over the summer, be sure to provide the school with an updated copy of the immunization record on the first day of school. View a list of required immunizations or exemption forms and procedures.

Provide information about medical needs. If your child has medical requirements during the school day, check the school's website or speak to office staff about getting all forms and plans in place before the first day of school.

Complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Program application, if applicable. Participants MUST REAPPLY every school year. If your child is already in the program, the status will carry over 30 days into the new school year. This application can also be used to apply for waivers for school fees, transportation fees, and Outdoor Lab fees if the appropriate selections are made on the form. 


Get Informed Before School Starts

Familarize yourself with the Campus Parent Portal. This is where you will be able to view your student's academic information. You can get to Portal through JeffcoConnect, by logging in and selecting "Campus Portal" from the list of items in the User Information box. For elementary school students, you can view attendance and access immunization records. For middle and high school students, you also can view class schedules and grades.

Familarize yourself with school attendance policies. Learn about any forms used by your school for pre-arranged absences. Some schools require forms be submitted days ahead of planned absences. District attendance policies can be found in the Student and Family Handbook (formerly Code of Conduct).

Familarize yourself with emergency and safety procedures, as well as how to respond when running a drill. Be sure you know what to do if you are in a school when an emergency occurs, and what will be required/expected of your student if there is an emergency at school. Discuss these procedures with your child and review the district's emergency procedures and protocols, as well as any at your school.

Familarize yourself with the district's school closure policies and procedures, as well as those of your specific school. Learn more about the district's school closure policies.

Review the Student and Family Handbook (formerly the Code of Conduct) so that you and your student are familiar with all district policies including student conduct, accountability, discipline, safety, health, etc.


Get Involved After School Starts

Volunteer at your school. Our schools LOVE to have parent volunteers! Check with your child's school for where they may need some help. Additionally, be sure to check if they require any volunteer training first, so you are prepared and ready the first time you volunteer.

Join the PTA/PTO. Your school's website may have a PTA page, or the PTA might have its own social media presence. Review opportunities to get involved or volunteer for school events.

Join Watch DOGS (for dads). See if your school offers the Watch DOG program for dads who want to volunteer to be at school and sign up. It's a fun and eye-opening experience!

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