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Re-registration delays school start for some students

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A parent of a student at Nichols Middle School complained to Evanston Now that some students at the school were forced to spend the entire day sitting in the library rather than attending class yesterday, but administration officials said the problem was student re-registration.

Re-registration actually began last March, administration officials explained, but there were a number of families across the district that had yet to complete the process, even though they had been advised that re-registration would need to be completed before students could attend class.

So unregistered students were forced to sit in the library with nothing to do.

The good news is that, because administrators spent the day calling famiilies who had not yet registered, they were all in class today.

“We absolutely want every child to be able to attend class on the first day of school feeling welcome and ready to learn,” a district spokesperson told Evanston Now.

“While the number of families who do not complete re-registration is small, our goal is to have all families registered by the start of the new school year,” she said.

“We will continue to identify opportunities to streamline and simplify the re-registration process while working to remove potential barriers for our families,” the spokesperson promised.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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