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Welcome to the LPS Welcome Center

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.

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.

Welcome Center Information
Direct Phone Number
(781) 592-8796 (English/Español)
LPS Main Phone Number (781) 477-7220 (Use With All Extensions Below)
Fax (781) 598-3160
Address 100 Bennett Street, Lynn MA. 01905
Office Hours
Regular Office Hours - Monday through Thursday
- Friday
7:45 AM - 3:45 PM
7:45 AM - 2:45 PM
Summer/Vacations Hours - Mon, Wed. and Thursday
- Tuesday Extended Hours
(April to September)
- Friday
7:45 AM - 2:45 PM
7:45 AM - 7:45 PM

7:45 AM - 12: PM
Welcome Center Personnel
Director    
Iveth Alexandra Martinez martinezi@lynnschools.org Ext. 3205
Family Services Coordinator
Rocio Cruz
cruz-baileyr@lynnschools.org Ext. 3179
Student Enrollment and Family Engagement Specialist
Jennifer Isaac isaacj@lynnschools.org  
Enrollment Specialist Clerks  
Yahaira Rijo rijoy@lynnschools.org Ext. 3133
Yenifer Cruz cruzy@lynnschools.org Ext. 3135
Mary Walsh mwalsh@lynnschools.org Ext. 3136
Deb Guidi guidid@lynnschools.org Ext. 3247
McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison and DCF Point of Contact
Amy Chruniak ChruniakA@lynnschools.org Ext. 3207
Registration Information
We apologize, our online registration system is currently being updated to provide a better service. All the registrations should be done in person by appointment. 
All families registering a new student with the Lynn Public Schools must schedule an appointment to bring ALL the following required documents. Applications cannot be processed without these documents.
- Child’s birth certificate, or I-94 form 
- Child’s up-to-date immunization record 
- Proof of address (see list of accepted documents) 
- Parent/Guardian’s valid photo identification such as: Copy of US Passport, US Passport Card, US Military ID, Permanent Resident Card, Border Crossing Card, Driver's License or other state photo identity card issued by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Foreign Government Issued Passport, Employment Authorization Card, or Identification Consular Card, DTA Card. 
- Grade 6th and up: Student Records Request Form (download below) Official transcripts from previous schools will be requested including school attendance and discipline. If the student has an Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) will also be requested, if not brought in by the parents.
Proof of Address Accepted Documents 
Residency documents must be pre-printed with the name and current address of the student’s parent/guardian. 
- A Utility bill (not cell phone) dated within the past 60 days. 
- A deed, closing or mortgage payment dated within the past 60 days. 
- A current lease (1-year minimum term), Section 8 agreement, or Residency Affidavit letter (download below) 
- A W2 form dated within the year, or a payroll stub dated within the past 60 days. 
- A bank or credit card statement dated within the past 60 days. 
- A letter from an approved government agency* dated within the past 60 days.
* Approved Government Agencies: Departments of Revenue (DOR), Children and Family Services (DCF), Transitional Assistance (DTA), Youth Services (DYS), Social Security or any communication on a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Letterhead 
Residency fraud is a violation of Massachusetts state law and is subject to per diem fines for every day that a student attends school outside the district in which she/he legally resides. Entrance Age Require
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Entrance Age Requirements
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
Registration Documents
Registration Form
English Arabic Haitian Creole Khmer Portuguese Spanish
Document Checklist
English Arabic Haitian Creole Khmer Portuguese Spanish
Early Childhood Survey
English Arabic Haitian Creole Khmer Portuguese Spanish
Medical Consent Form
English Arabic Haitian Creole Khmer Portuguese Spanish
Home Language Survey
English Arabic Haitian Creole Khmer Portuguese Spanish
Race Survey
English Arabic Haitian Creole Khmer Portuguese Spanish
Affidavit of Residency
English Arabic Haitian Creole Khmer Portuguese Spanish
Student Records Request
English Arabic Haitian Creole Khmer Portuguese Spanish
Additional Resources For Families
English Spanish        
           

Immunization Requirements For School Entry

Please submit a copy of updated immunizations and a current physical to the Welcome Center at the time of registration. Students cannot start school until information is provided.

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/religious exemption, or a student is homeless.

PDF Icon Immunization Requirements - Full List Updated June 10, 2021
  Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements 2021-2022
  Code of Massachusetts Regulations # 105 CMR 220.000

                    

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act - 2014

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

 

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