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Walk-through registrations continue today at Pleasanton schools

Parents need to bring email confirmations for each child to walk-through registration event

Walk-through registrations continue today at Pleasanton middle and high schools with all elementary schools also holding their respective walk-through events today.

Registrations will be held today and Wednesday at Village High School.

Students and parents will turn in their documents, receive student classroom assignments and schedules, and learn about school site organizations. Some students have their school picture taken as well, and many schools host welcome back celebrations.

The start of the new school year also signifies another change besides the school calendar itself.

The district's new online registration portal via Q Parent Connection serves as a place where parents can register their child for the upcoming school year, make school purchases and donate to nonprofits that support local schools.

However, students and parents will still have to complete their registration on campus at these "walk-through" events.

Online registration is a three-step process. Parents should first log in to the portal at sis.pleasantonusd.net/parentportal and fill out school information and registration forms. Start the process by clicking on the blue "Registration/Emergency Info" link at the top of the page.

After completing the online process for each child, parents should receive an email confirming the information entered online. They should then print out the confirmation message.

On the homepage under the "Support our students" tab are options to register for the school directory, join the parent-teacher association and make purchases such as physical education clothing and yearbooks.

Parents will need to bring the email confirmation for each child to their school's walk-through registration event, along with two current proof of residency documents. The walk-through is required, district officials said.

Families that are new to the school district will need to complete these steps and provide additional documentation to the school site, including a birth certificate or passport and immunization records. Parents of a transitional kindergarten student should take all documents to the Student Services Office.

Contact the student services with questions at 426-4290 or by visiting the office at 215 Abbie St. For more information, visit www.pleasantonusd.net and click the registration tab under enrollment.

For more information on specific time windows and activities, visit each school's website.

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7 people like this
Posted by Member
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

Thank you for posting! All parents need to be ready for tomorrow. Many, many people have been working through the summer to make this a smooth process. Hoping everything goes well, families are able to register and kids are looking forward to seeing friends and the 1st day of school on Monday. Thanks PUSD!


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Posted by Ann
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 8, 2016 at 10:58 am

I don't mean to offend anyone but the process is super inefficient, starting from the point where I had to print out a bunch of papers which I eventually brought back home with me, had to wait in line for at least 30 minutes to get to the first station which can't be done out of order to redistribute the crowd, the whole process took me about an hour which is not something I can easily spare. And what is the value of this process anyway? I could have done everything online.


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Posted by SHale
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 8, 2016 at 11:56 am

SHale is a registered user.

SRVUSD setup is not much better, although you can do most of the forms (and pymts) online they still require onsite reg, which really is just a school photo if you did all the stuff online. I can't see a high percent of parents who can't figure out how to pay stuff online. They say they do the walk through reg for those few who won't pay stuff online. Hum.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm

@Ann

A lot of the registration process has now moved onto the web, bit it seems that the one big reason why there is a mandatory walk-thru step for everyone is to check everyone's proof-of-residency documents. I have to wonder how big of a problem there is with parents living outside the Pleasanton community trying to send their kids to Pleasanton schools.


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Posted by Ann
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 8, 2016 at 1:32 pm

@Sam

Showing proof of residency can also be automated, you don't need to physically print your bills on paper (all the talk about going green) so another parent (volunteer) would only glance at it. We do deposit checks through our phones nowadays, this shouldn't be any harder.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 8, 2016 at 11:14 pm

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

They need a better residency validation process, my neighbors are allowing their other family members to use their address to enroll in Pleasanton schools.

The current system is too easy to beat.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 8, 2016 at 11:52 pm

@Pleasanton Parent

How could you possibly know that for a fact unless they told you?


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Posted by Ano
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2016 at 7:40 am

@Sam, there are ways to get around these proofs of residency that I've heard of. A friend told me of a woman who did what Pleasanton Parent mentioned (she helped her relatives go to Pleasanton schools by letting them use her address).

@Pleasanton Parent, if you know of fraud, you should definitely report it to PUSD. Our schools are already overcrowded and underfunded--which is detrimental to all the kids in attendance.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 9, 2016 at 8:13 am

@Ano

I'm sure that there are cases of fraud of people trying to get their kids into Pleasanton schools. I was simply wondering how Pleasanton Parent could have determined with certainty that there was fraud going on in his or her particular example. I agree with you that if Pleasanton Parent does know for a fact that fraud is occurring then he or she should report it to PUSD for investigation.


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2016 at 10:14 am

Recall the backlash that Orinda school district got for catching a residency cheat even after determining the student in question actually lived in bay point full time.

Frankly even though I have kids I am voting against any school bonds since with the addition of all the apartments to this town, people are moving in right before school registration opens to get their "proof of residency". We were suckers to actually save up money to buy a house so we pay taxes along toward the schools my kids are attending. How silly of us.


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Posted by spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Aug 9, 2016 at 10:58 am

For all you people complaining, volunteer to help improve the process. Reg is run by volunteers. If PUSD ran it, it would be ten times longer and harder. Get involved and help. There are no funds for reg improvements and volunteer organizations are the ones who were able to add online reg, etc.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 9, 2016 at 11:31 am

@FrequentWalkerMiles

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't people who live in apartments also indirectly pay property taxes that support our schools through their rent checks to their property owners? I don't think that rental property is exempt from property taxes.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Aug 9, 2016 at 12:13 pm

I guess I'm in the minority but I thought registration this year was far better than in years past. I loved paying for everything online and when I went to Walk Thru Registration all I had to do was prove my residency, collect my kid's schedule, and pick up some PE clothes. Kudos to the PMS volunteers/PTA for making things so easy.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 9, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Property taxes would be added into a person's rent. Also, as a revenue limit district, students are allowed to transfer in from other districts (interdistrict transfers). A portion of the ADA follows the student from their district to ours. Pupil Services can help with questions about addresses being used by others.


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Posted by local
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Interdistrict transfers are done at the discretion of our district. Previously teachers in our district were allowed to enroll their kids in our district (even if they did not live in Pleasanton). Anybody else was only approved if there was additional capacity (with certain exemptions for families moving to nearby city and kid wants to finish at same school). I believe that once a kid is allowed to do an interdistrict transfer that it is not limited for one year. Not sure if they can finish here or just limited to a number of years.

More info on inter-district transfers can be found on the district website at: Web Link


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Sam

I've been in the area for about 15 years. So I pay a bit more taxes than the people who owned the place since the 70s but not as much as the 05-06 or recent buyers. You can probably figure out it's not insignificant every month.

So my two kids go to the same schools that we will end up paying taxes on for at least about 25 years, maybe more if we stay in the area afterwards, while apartment dwellers come in and pay rent for the time their kids attend somewhere between k-12, a lot of them come just for 9-12, and as soon as the kids graduate Amador or Foothill they are goooooone.

Yeah, homeowners in this town are the chumps.

FWM


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Posted by spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Aug 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm

@Parent - Thank you for the nice comment. I wish others could see the progress that is made via volunteers instead of just complaining. All complainers are more than welcome to help out with registration anytime!


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 9, 2016 at 2:56 pm

@FrequentWalkerMiles

Quite honestly, I think that you're just determined to go on a gripe-fest. How about this one?: You're probably paying about the same in property taxes as I am but while I have just one child in PUSD schools you are sending TWO for the same cost! Where's the fairness in that?! Why aren't you paying twice as much as I am?? ( gripe, gripe, gripe...)


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Sam

Feel free to dismiss my point as mere "gripe" if you don't agree with me, your freedom. Through my conversations with neighbors I know I'm not alone.

FWM.


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Posted by School Quality Affects Property Values
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Aug 9, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Don't forget the quality of our schools drives our property values up. And our future leaders are the ones sitting in our public schools right now - whether that kid be in Pleasanton or Oakland or somewhere else. So enough with the ME or MY school or MY city, mentality when it comes to our schools. It's shameful the degree to which our facilities have deteriorated! I support the bond measure because our kids deserve it. Bond measure will not go towards teacher raises, or pensions... they go to technology and facilities upgrades so all the shenanigan accusers can rule that out. Neighboring districts all have passed bond measures, why is it so difficult in Pleasanton?


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 9, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

I do not have children in Pleasanton schools, have never had children in Pleasanton schools. Over the last twenty years my property taxes for two properties are well into six figures. If there is a move to tax property owners based on the number of children property owners have in Pleasanton schools, I will support it.


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Posted by Ano
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2016 at 4:48 pm

@MichaelAustin,

People pay a premium to live in Pleasanton, mainly for the school district. If you are going to gripe about your property taxes, which are higher than if you had bought the same property in Oakland, then why did you not buy in Oakland?

@Sam and FWM, so you send your kids to PUSD. How much do you want to bet that you both pay less in property taxes than someone who bought equivalent property within the last two years? And those apartments? Their rents are probably more than your mortgage, and they don't get to deduct property taxes or have equity. Of course things aren't equal in life, but I believe that it takes a village to raise a child, and we all benefit in the long run by investing in today's children, even if they aren't yours.


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Posted by Mitch
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2016 at 5:40 pm

No kids in the district but whining about taxes on an article about Walk Through Registration. Sure seems like a gripe to me.

If you think homeowners have it bad, you should try renting!


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2016 at 7:45 pm

BobB is a registered user.



I also thought the registration process went smoothly this week.


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Posted by Gina Channell, Publisher
president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Aug 10, 2016 at 10:22 am

Gina Channell, Publisher is a registered user.

This thread is being closed because it went off-topic and was reduced to name-calling and insults.


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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