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Welcome to the LPS Welcome Center

On-Line Pre-Registration Begins Monday, April 5, 2021.
Please check back for the link to complete an On-Line Pre-Registration.

Call us for questions (781) 592-8796.

As the first place of interaction parents/caregivers, and children have with Lynn Public Schools, we promise consistent standards for culturally responsive practices so all families that interact with the Welcome Center are immersed in a supportive environment where families feel valued, respected, and understood, so children learn to thrive, and impact the greater community and the world.

The Welcome Center is located at 100 Bennett Street in Lynn. All students entering the Lynn Public Schools for the first time, all students reentering the Lynn Public Schools due to a break in their enrollment status and all students requesting transfers from one school to another within the Lynn Public School system must sign-up at the Welcome Center.

Parents and guardians are asked to please use the links to the left to navigate the site and find contact information, department hours and required documentation that should be brought when registering children for school.

The latest Registration information for the School year can be found under the Registration Information tab.

Use the Tabs on the left to link to parent resources and information

Our Department Information

Welcome Center Information
Phone (781) 592-8796
Fax (781) 598-3160
Address 100 Bennett Street, Lynn MA 01905
 
Welcome Center Personnel
Director - Iveth Alexandra Martinez  - Extension 3205
Parent Coordinator - Johanny Castillo - Extension 3166
Computer Operator - Mary Walsh - Extension 3136
McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison - Tracey Scherrer - Extension 3207
DCF Point of Contact - Tracey Scherrer - Extension 3207

2020-2021 School Year Calendar and Opening Schedule - To Be Updated

- All Elementary Schools Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 - Begin - TBA
- All Elementary Schools Grades Pre-K and Kindergarten - Begin - TBA
- All Secondary School Students Will Start On The Schedule Below- TBA

School Year
2020-2021
Wednesday
TBA
Thursday
TBA
Friday
TBA
Monday
TBA
ALL ELEMENTARY GRADES 1,2,3,4,5
ECC TEAMS GRADES 1,2,3,4,5
GRADES 1,2,3,4,5 GRADES 1,2,3,4,5 PRE-K and KINDERGARTEN
BREED GRADE 6 ALL GRADES ALL GRADES  
MARSHALL GRADE 6
ALL LIFE SKILLS / COACh
ALL GRADES ALL GRADES  
PICKERING GRADE 6 ALL GRADES ALL GRADES  
FECTEAU-LEARY GRADES 6,7,8,9 GRADES 6,7,8,9,10,11 ALL GRADES  
ENGLISH GRADE 9 and ALL LIFE SKILLS ALL GRADES ALL GRADES  
CLASSICAL GRADE 9 ALL GRADES ALL GRADES  
LYNN TECH GRADE 9 GRADES 8,9,10
ALL TEAMS GRADES 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
ALL GRADES FRESH START, COACh
and LIFE SKILLS
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Registration Information For School Year 2021-2022

Welcome Center Contact Information
Our Phone (781) 592-8796
Our Fax (781) 598-3160
Our Address
Lynn Public Schools
Welcome Center
100 Bennett Street, Lynn, MA 01905
   
Latest Pre-Registration/Registration Announcements
Early pre-registration for all grades will be available online beginning Monday, April 5th 2021.
On-Line Pre-Registration Begins Monday, April 5, 2021.
Please check back for the link to complete an On-Line Pre-Registration.
Regular Office Hours - (Last appointment is 30 minutes prior to closing)
Monday through Thursday 7:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Friday 7:45 AM - 2:45 PM
Tuesday - Extended Hours 7:45 AM - 7:45 PM (April to September)
School Vacation Hours
Monday to Thursday 7:45 AM - 2:45 PM
Friday
7:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Tuesday - Extended Hours 7:45 AM - 7:45 PM (April to September)
   
Virtual Orientation Sessions are held the first and last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. The link to the orientation sessions will be posted on this page.
   
Entrance Age Requirements
The Lynn School Committee voted on Tuesday, November 25, 1997, to change the school entrance age. Age requirements are below.
Kindergarten Program (Five Year-Olds)
Born between September 1, 2015 and September 1, 2016
Grade One (Six Year-Olds)
Born between September 1, 2014 and September 1, 2015
 
Documents Required to Register
1) Immunization Record - See requirements on the "Immunization Requirements" Tab on this page.
2) Proof of Age - Original Birth Certificate
3) Proof of Address (less than 60 days old) - Includes utility bills, rent, lease, mortgage, etc. One Type Required
4) Evidence of Legal Guardianship, includes birth certificate or probate court guardianship order
5) Parent Photo ID - Must Be Up To Date
See Additional Info Documents and Check Lists At The Bottom Of This Page
 
Pre-K Lottery Information

Please find the application process online on the LPS Early Childhood Department webpage or you may call (781) 477-7220 ext. 3211. The deadline is April 2nd 2021.

Any Pre-Kindergarten student currently enrolled in the Lynn Public Schools that will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021 will be eligible to attend Kindergarten in September 2021.  The child does not have to be registered again and will be placed in the school assign to address.
 
According to the Lynn Public Schools Voluntary Plan for School Improvement and the Elimination of Minority Isolation, approved by the Lynn School Committee and the Massachusetts State Board of Education in February, 1988, amended in September, 1989, February, 1990, and November, 1999......all students may attend their district school...requests for out of district placements are determined by racial balance and class size of the out of district school...Out of district placements are not guaranteed. District students can displace an out of district student if class sizes reach capacity seating (30 students). Out of district students will be required to move to their district school or another school of choice. Wait list to place a child for out of district school requests will begin on Monday April 19, 2021. Form updated 02/2021

Information Required to Register Your Child In The Lynn Public Schools
Registration Information (Updated:February 2021)
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Registration Check List (Updated: December 2015)
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Immunization Requirements For School Entry

Please submit a copy of updated immunizations and a current physical to the nurse at the Welcome Center before your child’s first day of school. Students cannot start school until information is provided.

Health forms can be faxed directly to the nurse at (339) 883-1419.

Lynn Public Schools require compliance with current Massachusetts Department of Public Health recommended immunization schedules for school entry and attendance. Students who are not in compliance with these regulations will be excluded until the necessary immunizations are obtained and documentation is provided, unless there is a medical or religious exemption.

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  Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements 2020-2021
  Code of Massachusetts Regulations # 105 CMR 220.000

                    

Student Assignment Policy

According to the Lynn Public Schools Voluntary Plan for School Improvement and the Elimination of Minority Isolation, approved by the Lynn School Committee and the Massachusetts State Board of Education in February, 1988, amended in September, 1989, February, 1990, and November, 1999......all students may attend their district school...requests for out of district placements are determined by racial balance and class size of the out of district school...

Out of district placements are not guaranteed. District students can displace an out of district student if class sizes reach capacity seating (30 students). Out of district students will be required to move to their district school or another school of choice.

IMPORTANT

Any Pre-Kindergarten student currently enrolled in the Lynn Public Schools will automatically be placed in their Lynn Public School district school for Kindergarten for September 2016. To be eligible to attend Kindergarten, these students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2011. Parents wishing to be put on a wait-list for a school other than their district, must submit a Waiting List Request on or after March 14, 2016.

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Appeal Process Brochure | Updated December 2015
Assignment Policy Appeal Process Brochure | English
Assignment Policy Appeal Process Brochure | Spanish
Assignment Policy Appeal Process Brochure | Arabic
Assignment Policy Appeal Process Brochure | Creole
Assignment Policy Appeal Process Brochure | Khmer
Request An Appeal Form | Updated December 2015
Student Assignment Policy Appeal Form | English
Student Assignment Policy Appeal Form | Spanish
Student Assignment Policy Appeal Form | Arabic
Student Assignment Policy Appeal Form | Creole
Student Assignment Policy Appeal Form | Khmer
 
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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act - 2014

UPDATE: March 20, 2020
Here is a very help website for getting information about the Coronavirus and resources (City and Schools) in the City of Lynn.
https://lynnmafamilyinfo.wixsite.com/lynnmaful

UPDATE: March 18, 2020 - Regarding Our Buildings

While the school buildings are currently closed, and will remain closed until at least April 7th, 2020, LPS understands that our families may still need assistance with housing stability during this uncertain time. If you are experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness during the school closures, please contact our Homeless Liaison, Tracey Scherrer by sending an e-mail to scherrert@lynnschools.org or leave a voicemail at 781-477-7220 ext. 3207. Please leave your name, phone number, and a brief message explaining your situation and need. (Spanish-speaking families will receive communication back from Johanny Castillo, the Parent Information Center Parent Coordinator.)

Los edificios escolares están actualmente cerrados, y permanecerán cerrados hasta al menos el 7 de abril de 2020, LPS entiende que nuestras familias aún pueden necesitar ayuda con la estabilidad de vivienda durante este tiempo incierto. Si experimenta una crisis de vivienda o falta de vivienda durante el cierre de la escuela, comuníquese con nuestro Enlace para personas sin hogar, Tracey Scherrer, enviando un correo electrónico a scherrert@lynnschools.org o deje un correo de voz al 781-477-7220 ext. 3207. Por favor, deje su nombre, número de teléfono y un breve mensaje explicando su situación y necesidad. (Las familias de habla hispana recibirán una comunicación de Johanny Castillo, la coordinadora de padres del Centro de información para padres).

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The goal of McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is to ensure that each homeless child or youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including preschool education, as provided to other children and youth.

The Lynn Public Schools ensures the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act regarding identification, enrollment, attendance and success in school of homeless children and unaccompanied youth in grades Pre-Kindergarten – 12.  The responsibility to ensure the implementation has been assigned to Welcome Center’s Director and staff.

I. Designation of a Homeless Education Liaison
The Lynn Public Schools’ Welcome Center is the central registration office for all admissions and within system transfers of students.  The Lynn Public Schools’ Homeless Education Liaison interviews parents/guardians of homeless children and unaccompanied youth at the time of registration.  After identification of a homeless student or unaccompanied youth, the Homeless Education Liaison provides the following:

  • Assists with immediate school enrollment
  • Contacts last school placement to secure school records and immunization records
  • Administers immunizations as needed
  • Arranges transportation
  • Arranges for free breakfast and lunch
  • Contacts social workers or agencies involved with the family
  • Ensures the correct educational placement by coordinating services through the Language Support and Special Education Office
  • Ensures student integration in the regular education setting
  • Facilitates resolution in disputes and assists with appeals process when requested  
  • Works directly with school staff to identify students who become homeless during the school year and assists in students’ academic success
  • Coordinates with shelters, motels, and state agencies to ensure access to all available benefits
  • Provides information to parents regarding after school and night school programs.
  • Collaborates with local service providers and refers homeless families to these agencies for the purpose of providing assistance and support
  • Provides information, education and training around issues homelessness for school personnel
  • Coordinates crisis intervention, advocacy and clinical services for homeless students and families

II. Definition of Homelessness
Lynn Public Schools recognizes that homeless students are those lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.  This definition shall include children and youth who are:

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Are  abandoned in hospitals
  • Awaiting foster care placement
  • Living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings
  • Unaccompanied youth- a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian
  • Migratory youth living in conditions described in the previous examples

III. School Selection
Parents, guardians or unaccompanied youth may choose to stay at their school of origin or transfer to the school where they are temporarily residing according to that district’s placement policy.  To the extent feasible, homeless students will continue to be enrolled in their school of origin while they remain homeless or until the end of the academic year in which they obtain permanent housing. 

IV. Enrollment
Once the enrollment decision is made, Lynn Public Schools will remove barriers and shall immediately enroll the student to the extent feasible, even if they do not have the documents usually required for enrollment.  Homeless students’ placement in grades and classes should be handled according to district policy.  The Homeless Education Liaison will assist homeless students who arrive without records by contacting the previously attended school system to obtain the required records.  Lynn Public Schools reserves the right to do random address checks on those unable to provide proof of residency.

V. Transportation
Homeless students are entitled to transportation to and from their school of origin at the request of the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth.  Transportation will be provided if:

  • The school of origin is in Lynn but the homeless student is temporarily living in a different district, and the distance does not exceed one hour for those in Grades 1-12 or 45 minutes for those in Kindergarten
  • The school of origin is in a different district but the homeless student is temporarily living in Lynn,  and the distance does not exceed one hour for Grades 1-12 or 45 minutes for Kindergarten
  • The homeless student is temporarily residing within the district and per the Lynn Public Schools’ eligibility guidelines for transportation

The cost for transportation will be shared for students temporarily residing in one district and attending the school of origin in another district. 

VI. School Nutrition Program
Homeless students will be immediately enrolled in the free breakfast and lunch program.

VII. Support Services
To the extent practical and as required by law, the Lynn Public Schools will work with homeless students and their families to provide stability in school attendance and other services.  Special attention will be given to ensuring the enrollment and attendance of homeless students not currently attending school.  Homeless students will be provided district services for which they are eligible, including Head Start and comparable preschool programs, Title I, similar state programs, special education, bilingual education, vocational/technical education programs, and gifted and talented programs. 

VIII. Dispute Resolution
If there is an enrollment dispute, the homeless student shall be immediately enrolled in the school in which the enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute.  Parents, guardians or unaccompanied youth shall be informed of the district’s decision and their right to appeal in writing.  The Homeless Education Liaison will facilitate the dispute resolution and appeal process.  The final decision in such a situation resides with the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education.

For more information, you may wish to contact http://www.doe.mass.edu/mv/ and www.mahomeless.org

COVID-19 Related Announcements and Information

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UPDATE: March 20, 2020
Here is a very help website for getting information about the Coronavirus and resources (City and Schools) in the City of Lynn.
https://lynnmafamilyinfo.wixsite.com/lynnma

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UPDATE: March 18, 2020 - Regarding Our Buildings

While the school buildings are currently closed, and will remain closed until at least April 7th, 2020, LPS understands that our families may still need assistance with housing stability during this uncertain time. If you are experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness during the school closures, please contact our Homeless Liaison, Tracey Scherrer by sending an e-mail to scherrert@lynnschools.org or leave a voicemail at 781-477-7220 ext. 3207. Please leave your name, phone number, and a brief message explaining your situation and need. (Spanish-speaking families will receive communication back from Johanny Castillo, the Parent Information Center Parent Coordinator.)

Los edificios escolares están actualmente cerrados, y permanecerán cerrados hasta al menos el 7 de abril de 2020, LPS entiende que nuestras familias aún pueden necesitar ayuda con la estabilidad de vivienda durante este tiempo incierto. Si experimenta una crisis de vivienda o falta de vivienda durante el cierre de la escuela, comuníquese con nuestro Enlace para personas sin hogar, Tracey Scherrer, enviando un correo electrónico a scherrert@lynnschools.org o deje un correo de voz al 781-477-7220 ext. 3207. Por favor, deje su nombre, número de teléfono y un breve mensaje explicando su situación y necesidad. (Las familias de habla hispana recibirán una comunicación de Johanny Castillo, la coordinadora de padres del Centro de información para padres).


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UPDATE - March 16th 2020:
The Welcome Center will be closed until further notice.

Due to an abundance of caution, our offices will be closed beginning at 1 PM on Monday March 16, 2020 until further notice. There will be no staff present in any capacity during this time.

I will be checking email regularly and will try to respond as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding.

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The Welcome Center is located at 100 Bennett Street in Lynn. All students entering the Lynn Public Schools for the first time, all students reentering the Lynn Public Schools due to a break in their enrollment status and all students
requesting transfers from one school to another within the Lynn Public School system must sign-up at the Welcome Center.

Parents and guardians are asked to please use the links to the left to navigate the site and find contact information, department hours and required documentation that should be brought when registering children for school.

The latest Registration information for the School year can be found under the Registration Information tab.

 

 

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