It is that time of year again; families are in the process of getting back into the swing of the school year. Unfortunately the Philadelphia School District is a few steps behind and trying to gather funding to open the schools on time. How does that relate to Delaware County or any of the surrounding counties you ask? Often times when schools face adversities, parents take other avenues to prevent their children from suffering the consequences. Some parents will enroll their children in alternative schools such as home schools, parochial schools or private schools. Other parents may opt to simply move out of the area. There is a percentage of parents who will think outside the box of those traditional methods and attempt to enroll their children in districts they do not live in.
Due to the current Philadelphia Public School financial fiasco taking place, the surrounding school districts have increased scrutiny in proving you and your child are indeed residents of the school district you are attempting to enroll your children in.
If a child attends a school in a public school district they are not a resident of; the parent or guardian responsible can face fines, penalties as well as jail time. The extra scrutiny involved in enrolling students this year is to prevent families from opting to break the law.
If you have not registered your children for the upcoming school year and live in the areas right outside Philadelphia, you are urged to enroll your child as soon as possible. Parents have already voiced frustration in enrolling students this year due to the added scrutiny. The registration office has placed signs up warning Philadelphia residents of their ineligibility to attend school in outside districts. Procrastination just may leave your child out in the cold.