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Pre-enrollment plans for Joplin students

Reported July 11, 2011 at 5:25 PM CST by Zach Fletcher:  Today five school districts surrounding Joplin hosted pre-enrollment sessions to see what the school population might be for the 2011/2012 school year.

The Director of Special Services at Carthage School District, Deanna Yokley, said they are expecting any where from 20 to 200 students displaced by the tornado to be relocated to their district alone.

Coordinators said pre-enrollment will help all districts in the area take a look at the impact the tornado had indirectly placed on schools.

“I know the schools, not just Carthage, but the area schools are just looking to help in any way that we can and this is a way not only helping but making sure that we are all prepared for the students or the influx of population we may have in our schools,” said Yokley.

There will be a second session of pre-enrollment at Carthage, Carl Junction, East Newton Neosho and Webb City.  Joplin students or families are asked to complete a survey about their plans for the upcoming year.

  • Carl Junction: new student enrollment is from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18th at Carl Junction High School.
  • Carthage: pre-enrollment hours are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18th, at the Carthage High School.
  • East Newton: new student enrollment is from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both July 18th at the District Central Office (22808 E. Highway 86).
  • Joplin: Fill out a survey at www.joplinschools.org
  • Neosho: pre-enrollment hours are from 8 am. to 6 p.m. on July 18th, at the R-5 School District Administration Center.
  • Webb City: new student enrollment is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 18th at the District Office.

Reported July 5, 2011 at 5:37 PM CST by Lisa Olliges:  Regional school districts plan to hold the pre-enrollment sessions so they can find out where tornado victims want their kids to attend school:

  • Carl Junction: new student enrollment is from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 11th and 18th at Carl Junction High School.
  • Carthage: pre-enrollment hours are from 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on July 11th, and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18th, at the Carthage High School.
  • East Newton: new student enrollment is from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both July 11th and the 18th at the District Central Office (22808 E. Highway 86).
  • Joplin: Fill out a survey at www.joplinschools.org
  • Neosho: pre-enrollment hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 11th, and from 8 am. to 6 p.m. on July 18th, at the R-5 School District Administration Center.
  • Webb City: new student enrollment is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 11th and 18th at the District Office.

Joplin’s superintendent says 3,000 Joplin students are displaced by the tornado.  Area districts want families to indicate early if they want to attend Joplin schools even in new locations or switch to neighboring districts where they may have had to move.

Superintendents say they want to help students be successful wherever they go and some of that takes planning.

“The biggest part’s staffing and not just that but if we’ve got students coming in from Joplin that have been in the storm we need to know – there’s going to be some specific needs that we need to meet that are theirs, when that the first storm that rolls through there are certain things we need to be aware of so we can give them some extra support,” says Carl Junction superintendent Phil Cook.

Joplin has been collecting enrollment data at summer school and through an online survey.  So far 1,380 families have responded.  Of those, 461 were affected by the storm and 13 will not come back to the Joplin district.

Joplin students/families are asked to complete a survey at www.joplinschools.org.


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