• School registration meetings are hosted virtually on Zoom. 

    Enrollment in the Barnstable Public School District requires residency within the town of Barnstable. Pre-Registration begins with an online application and must be completed only by those parents/guardians who meet the residency requirements.

    NOTE: Pre-Registration does not indicate enrollment in the District. For Spanish or Portuguese assistance, please choose the hour appointments 


    REQUIRED STEPS FOR ENROLLMENT:

    1. Please complete the pre-registration online.

    2. During the pre-registration process, add your cell phone number to the required to receive a link. This link will allow you to upload the required documentation by using your cell phone.

    3. At the end of your pre-registration process, you must make an appointment with the Family and Community Engagement Center (FCEC), using the online scheduler. 
      • Once you have finished with pre-registration, you will receive a link on your cell phone. Click on the link provided to upload all required documentation.
        • Directions for using your cell phone mobile capture.pdf 
          If you are having problems uploading the documents via mobile capture while using your iPhone, please follow these prompts:
          Go to Settings >Camera >Formats >change it to "Most Compatible"  It will default to 'High Efficiency' by default which will save it as JPEG format.
        • All required documents 
        • Once you have made your appointment, please email bpsengagementcenter@mybps.us with your child’s first and last name to receive a link to the virtual meeting in Zoom
      • You will receive an email reply which will contain your Meeting ID and password. You will need this Meeting ID to log in to the meeting.
      • On the day of the meeting, you will need to visit Zoom to join.
      • This can be done via laptop or cell phone (app must be downloaded).
      • Click join a meeting at the top right and enter your meeting ID 
      • Once you’ve joined the meeting, you will be directed to wait in the virtual waiting room, until your host joins. We ask you to be there at least 5 minutes before, to allow time for any technical difficulties.

    4. If you need to reschedule your appointment, please do so 24hrs before your appointment by going into your pre-registration account, and using the online scheduler to reschedule it.

    5. In case you cannot upload the documentation or use ZOOM, please email bpsengagementcenter@mybps.us the day before your meeting and we will get in touch with you between the hours of 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm via telephone with specific instructions.

     PRE REGISTER

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is Pre-registration?

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    The entire process is pre-registration. Until a student has met residency and health requirements, s/he will be considered to be in the process of registration.

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  • How is residency defined?

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    In order to attend school in the District, a student must actually reside in the Town of Barnstable. A student’s primary residence is the place where s/he dwells permanently, not temporarily, and is the place that is the center of his or her domestic, social, and civic life. The primary residence of a minor child is presumed to be the legal residence of the parent(s) or guardian(s) who have physical custody of the child.

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  • How does the District verify residency?

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    Families registering or submitting a change of address must demonstrate Barnstable residency by submitting documents from an authorized list of acceptable proofs. A photo ID is also required. In order to verify residency, the District reserves the right to request additional documents and/or to conduct an investigation if needed. Because residency can change for students and their families during the school year, the District may verify residency at any time.

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  • Why must I bring a photo ID?

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    A photo ID is required for all registration, change of address, or transfer applications as proof that the person making the application matches documentation for parent/guardian status and is also the person whose name is associated with the residency proofs.

    Acceptable photo IDs include:

    A Driver’s License

    Massachusetts ID card

    Valid government-issued photo identification.

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  • What if I don’t have the required proofs of residency with me when I register?

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    All new applicants are required to submit the required proofs of residency. Applicants who do not have the required documents will be asked to return to the school with the appropriate materials in order to register. There are no acceptable substitutions for items on the list of acceptable proofs.

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  • What if I do not pay for utilities, or if none of the utility bills are in my name?

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    Please review the list of acceptable proofs of residency. In this case, you will be required to bring a copy of the current lease and record of rental payment made within the past 45 days, or Notarized Barnstable Public Schools Landlord Affidavit and proof of rental payment made within the past 45 days; plus a document from the approved list.

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  • What if I have recently moved and do not yet have documents I can use?

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    To fulfill the requirements, you may also submit a work order or “statement of service” letter from any utility company stating that your service has been ordered or installed at the Barnstable address.

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  • What if I am over 18 and no longer live with my parents?

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    Any person eighteen (18) years of age or older may establish a residence separate and apart from his or her parents or guardians for school attendance purposes. However, you will still be required to submit the proofs of residency bearing your name and address.

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  • What if I live with a friend or relative?

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    Please review the list of acceptable proofs of residency. In this case, you will be required to bring a copy of the current lease and record of rental payment made within the past 45 days, or Notarized Barnstable Public Schools Landlord Affidavit and proof of rental payment made within the past 45 days; plus a document from the approved list.

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  • What if my family does not have a permanent residence?

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    Families covered under the McKinney-Vento Act should contact the school for assistance. If you are staying in a shelter, please bring documentation on agency letterhead indicating that you are living there. Children who are covered under the McKinney-Vento Act are immediately enrolled even if unable to produce records normally required for enrollment, such as academic, immunization, and residency documents. 

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  • What if the student is in foster care?

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    When a determination is made that it is not in the child’s best interest to remain in their school of origin, the child is immediately enrolled in the new school, even if unable to produce records normally required for enrollment, such as academic, immunization, and residency documents.

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  • Is residency fraud a violation of Massachusetts state law?

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    Yes, 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 s/he legally resides.

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  • Will documents that I submit to prove residency remain confidential?

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    All documents submitted to prove residency will be considered part of the student’s confidential record. The District will adhere to the standards of confidentiality set forth in state and federal laws in maintenance of these records.

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  • We are moving to Barnstable from outside the United States, do I need anything additional?

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    Any family that meets the District’s residency requirements may be asked to provide notarized translations of any documents at the time of their pre-registration meeting. These documents include birth certificates, custody documents, immunization records, and school records/transcripts.

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  • Which elementary school do I register my child for?

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    This list will identify the elementary school you should register your child for based upon your street address.

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  • How do I register my child for the Barnstable Community Innovation School?

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    Please visit the Barnstable Community Innovation School for enrollment information.

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  • Can I register my child at Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center if they have not been accepted yet?

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    You should not register your child for the Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center unless your child participated in a peer screening and you have been notified of acceptance, or your child has been found eligible for pre-school special education services. Please visit the Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center webpage for further information.

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  • My child completed Kindergarten in a different school, but will not be 6 yrs old by Sept. 1?

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    The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education requires each child to attend school beginning in September of the calendar year in which he/she attains the age of six (6) but allows each school committee to establish its own minimum permissible age for school attendance, provided that such age is not older than the state mandatory minimum age. It is the policy of the District to:

    Admit a child into kindergarten if he/she is five (5) years of age on or before September 1 of the school year in which s/he enrolls.

    Admit a child into first grade if he/she is six (6) years of age on or before September 1 of the school year in which he/she enrolls.

    Students who attend a kindergarten program in a public school system outside of Barnstable or who attend a kindergarten program approved by the Superintendent may be allowed to enter first grade if Barnstable school officials determine that it would be educationally appropriate.

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  • We moved to another address in Barnstable after registering, what should we do?

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    If you change addresses, please use the Express portal to enter your new Barnstable address. You will need to bring new proofs of residency and a photo ID to the school to finalize this change. If your new address is in a different school zone, you may need to attend your new neighborhood school.

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  • How do I re-instate my childs enrollment in Barnstable?

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    You must complete the pre-registration process. You will have to present all of the required documentation for registration.

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  • How is grade placement determined?

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    Grade placement is determined via the following. Students registering for:

    Grades 1- 9 are required to bring copies of their most recent report card or transcripts

    Grade 10 are required to bring copies of their 8th and 9th grade report card or transcripts

    Grade 11 are required to bring copies of their 9th and 10th grade report card or transcripts

    Grade 12 are required to bring copies of their 9th, 10th, and 11th grade report card or transcript

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  • Where is the Family and Community Engagement Center?

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    Family and Community Engagement Center
    Hyannis Youth and Community Center
    141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601
    508-790-6345 x118

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  • Where does the pre-registration appointment take place?

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    Pre-registration appointments take place virtually, Please see information and instructions on this page.

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  • How are annual updates handled?

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    Student Contact and Medical Verification are conducted annually by the District. Parents/guardians will make any changes to student information on-line through the Annual Update portal, not the registration portal. You will receive a notice from the school each year requesting such changes, and log-in information.

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