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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Most schools in Des Moines don’t start until August 20th, but some parents are already behind the curve. Registration for Des Moines Public School kindergarteners was due Tuesday, July 24th. If you’re one of those parents, don’t panic. It’s not too late. But the longer you wait, the harder it will be getting ready for that first day of school.


      1. REGISTRATION: This is very important, and it is past the due date for some schools. If you still need to register you should contact your school or the district’s welcome office immediately. Make sure you have all the required documents BEFORE showing up for registration.
        • Prior school address, fax, and phone number
        • Birth certificate if possible or other hospital information.
        • Immunizations
        • TWO documents stating established residency. Examples include: purchase contract with possession or closing date, mortgage statement, rental agreement, or utility bill.
      2. CHECK YOUR MAIL: Once you’re registered your school will send you a packet of information on what you need to do to get your child ready for school. If you are registered and have not received one, it should arrive shortly. However you can contact your school if you have a question.
      3. ORIENTATION: Middle and high schools will hold orientation in the next couple weeks. This is especially important for students new to the school. If you miss orientation you should contact the school and see if they will allow you to tour the building before school starts.
      4. SHOPPING: August 1st and 2nd is Iowa’s annual tax holiday. You can buy your back-to-school clothes tax-free.
      5. VACCINES: Be sure your child is up-to-date on their vaccines like the Tdap booster.
      6. ASSISTANCE: Most area schools have programs for free school supplies and you can contact your county health department about possible discounts on vaccines. To find out if you are eligible for free or reduced lunches:


Des Moines University and the Polk County Health Department are hosting Jumpstart, a back-to-school health fair. Students grades K-12 can get a free physical, dental screening, and immunizations. It will be held on Saturday, July 26th, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at East High School, 815 East 13th Street.


  • 14 schools have new principals.
  • More schools are providing free lunch and breakfast to all enrolled students.
  • 19 elementary school start and end times will change.


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