Enrollment for Returning Students


NOTE: This page has been updated with forms and information for the 2020-21 school year.


All District 401 students, whether new or returning, must enroll in the District each school year. The enrollment process is also known as "registration." This three-step process involves:

► Proof of residency
► Payment of school fees
► Submission of consent forms

This page describes the enrollment process for returning students. Links to all necessary documents are located in the sections below.


Definition of "Returning Student"


A student is a "returning student" if he or she is entering 1st grade or above and attended a District 401 school the previous school year.

If your student did not attend a District 401 school or if the student is entering preschool or kindergarten, please see the New/Transfer Students page. 

A student entering preschool or kindergarten is considered "new" even if he or she attended preschool in District 401 the previous year.


Key Dates for 2020-21 Returning Student Enrollment


Please note the following dates if your child fits the definition of "returning student" and will attend a District 401 school in 2020-21:

► MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020
Returning students in grades 1-12 may send in their proof of residency and start paying their school fees.

► MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020
All residency documents for returning students grades 1-12 are due.

► MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020
Walk in, drop off enrollment ("open enrollment") is available from 1 to 7 p.m. at Elmwood Park High School for returning students grades 1-12 only.

► WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2020
First day of school for students.

► TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2020
School fees and fee waivers for returning students grades 1-12 are due.


If Your Child Is a Returning Student


All returning students must enroll again if they want to attend a District school in 2020-21. Enrollment is a three-step process:

► Proof of residency
► Payment of fees
► Submission of consent forms

For information about each of these steps, consult the first three sections located below ("Step 1: Proof of Residency," "Step 2: Payment of Fees" and "Step 3: Consents").

Please read the information carefully. Fees have been pre-loaded into the D401 webstore so that you may begin paying your 2020-21 fees as early as Monday, May 4, 2020. Fees are due Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

You may also send in your residency documents as early as Monday, May 4, 2020.

This year you also have the opportunity to complete forms on the Ecollect parent portal in PowerSchool. To access the Ecollect system, please click here.

For your convenience, you will find links to all necessary enrollment documents in the section below titled "District 401 Forms & Documents." Consult the remaining sections for access to documents that pertain specifically to your child's school.
 

Only students who are Elmwood Park residents may attend District 401 schools, except as provided in Section 7:60 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual or in Illinois law.

A student's residence is the same as the person who has legal custody of the student.

Residency documents for 2020-21 returning students are due Monday, July 20, 2020. Students will be unenrolled if residency has not been approved.

All families are asked to: 

1. FILL OUT the Proof of Residency Form (one per family).

► Links to this form and other enrollment documents are located on this page in "District 401 Forms & Documents."
► Read the Proof of Residency Form carefully.
► We've also included the Letter of Residence Form for families who rent without a lease or live with friends or relatives.
► Additional residency forms may be required. 

2MAKE COPIES of your proofs of residency. 

► The name and address must be the same on all documents.
► As noted above, 2020-21 residency documents are due Monday, July 20, 2020.
► Students will be un-enrolled if residency has not been approved.

3. SCAN, FAX or MAIL your documents.

► If you choose to scan, use this address: registration@epcusd401.org 
► If you choose to fax, use this number: 708-452-0732
► If you choose to mail, use this address:

Kim Kaminski
EPHS
8201 W. Fullerton
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

We strongly encourage you to send your documents to us by email, fax or postal mail, or to use the Ecollect parent portal in PowerSchool.

Alternatively, there will be walk-in, drop-off enrollment ("open enrollment") for 2020-21 returning students from 1 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020, at Elmwood Park High School. Bring copies of your proofs of residency.

There is no need to come to open enrollment if your residency is complete and you paid your fees online or by mail.

Enrollment requires the payment of school fees. A list of school fees is available here.

You may begin paying your 2020-21 fees as early as Monday, May 4, 2020. Payment is due in full by Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

Families have several payment options:

► Pay online via the District 401 webstore with a credit or debit card.
► Pay by mail with a check or money order.
► Pay in person on Monday, July 20, 2020, with cash, credit card, debit card, check or money order.

OPTION 1: To pay online with a credit or debit card

► Go to the D401 webstore by clicking this link.
► Once logged in, click on the yellow "PAY DEBTS" tab.
► Fees have been pre-loaded to student accounts.
► You have the option to make full payment or installment payments.
► Payment is due in full by Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

OPTION 2: To pay by mail with a check or money order

► Download a payment form for each of your students by clicking this link.
► Fill out a payment form for each student.
► Mail your check or money order, payable to EPCUSD401, along with copies of your proofs of residency and forms to:

Kim Kaminski
EPHS
8201 W. Fullerton
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

► You have the option to make full payment or installment payments.
► Payment is due in full by Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

OPTION 3: To pay in person with cash, credit card, debit card, check or money order

► Come to open enrollment for returning students on Monday, July 20, 2020. 
► Open enrollment will be held on that date only from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Elmwood Park High School.
► Bring copies of your proofs of residency.
► There is no need to come to open enrollment if your residency is complete and you paid your fees online or by mail.

PAYMENT DETAILS: For more information about each payment option described above, click here to visit our School Fees page.

IMPORTANT: Enrollment is not complete without proof of residency. Residency documents are due by Monday, July 20, 2020.

PAYMENT PLANS: You may pay in installments by mail or on the webstore beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. Please pay in full by Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

FEE WAIVER: To qualify, you must meet the federal income eligibility requirements for free meals listed below. You must also provide income verification for all members in your household.


Free lunch chart


WAIVER DETAILS: Income requirements are subject to change. For more information about obtaining a waiver, click here to visit our School Fees Waiver page. 

FREE & REDUCED LUNCH: Applications for free and reduced-price meals can be submitted after August 1, 2020.

REMINDER: Students who qualified for free or reduced-price lunch in 2019-20 are carried over automatically for the first two weeks of the 2020-21 school year. But remember, you must re-apply for the lunch program every school year.

Enrollment also includes submission of the following consent forms:

Digital Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Contract
Photo Release Consent Form
District Policies for Student Handbooks Sign-Off Sheet  

These forms must be completed on the Ecollect parent portal in PowerSchool. If you do not have a PowerSchool account, contact your school so one can be created. Once you are in your account, click on "Ecollect Forms" and follow the directions.

The following District 401 documents and forms pertain to all or some returning students.

All students, regardless of school, must submit the Proof of Residency Form and the Student Medical Information Form.

Please read the comments in parentheses under each document for more information about each item. Documents are listed in alphabetical order.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS & ESSENTIAL INFORMATION


► District 401 Proof of Residency Form 
(This must be returned by all students; three supporting documents are needed as well)

► Fee Schedule and Payment Form 
(Payment of fees is required unless waived, but this form does not have to be returned if you pay online)

► School Entrance Health Letter | D401 Superintendent Dr. Wade
(Required reading for parents; lists all required medical exams and immunizations) 

Student Medical Information Form
(Required of all students; this is separate from K, 6th & 9th physical exam forms)


ADDITIONAL RESIDENCY DOCUMENT


► Letter of Residence from Landlord
(To be used as evidence of residency when a signed lease is unavailable; other supporting documents will also be required to establish residency)


MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS


► Band Boosters Membership Form
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

District Calendar for 2020-21 School Year 
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

Military Children Registration Form
(To be used to help identify Illinois military families — optional)

► Student Data Form
(To be used only if you've changed your address, phone number, email address, etc.)


If you are looking for a document or form that pertains to a specific school, please scroll to the individual school sections located elsewhere on this page.

Students attend Elmwood Elementary School if they are in grades K-5 and live south of the railroad tracks.

The first day of school for 2020-21 is Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

Homerooms will be posted on the Elmwood school doors one to two days prior to Aug. 12. Please do not call the office for this information.

Reminder: There is no need to come to open enrollment on Monday, July 20, 2020, if your residency is complete and you've paid your fees online or by mail.

The following forms and documents apply to 2020-21 Elmwood students. Please read the comments in parentheses for more information about each item.

Please note that some items may not be available until this spring (March-May 2020).


HEALTH FORMS


Child Health Examination Form | State of Illinois
(Required of all kindergarten students)

► Dental Examination Form | State of Illinois
(Required of all kindergarten and 2nd-grade students)

► Eye Examination Report | State of Illinois
(Required of all kindergarten students)


OTHER FORMS


Elementary School Student Questionnaire
(Required of all students, grades 1-6)

► Elmwood PATT Formsto be posted
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► Elmwood Supply List  — to be posted
(Covers all grades, K-5)

Elmwood Yearbook Form — to be posted
(Link for ordering yearbook online)


QUESTIONS DURING SUMMER BREAK


Elmwood's main office will be closed for summer break from early June to late July. The specific dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your enrollment questions:

► Contact Person | Ms. Kim Kaminski, Registrar
► Email | registration@epcusd401.org
► Phone | 708-583-6479
► Fax | 708-452-0732

Students attend John Mills Elementary School if they are in grades K-5 and live north of the railroad tracks.

In addition, as of August 2020 all preschool (PK3 & PK4) students attend John Mills. 

The first day of school for 2020-21 is Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

Homerooms will be posted on the John Mills school doors one to two days prior to Aug. 12. Please do not call the office for this information.

Reminder: There is no need to come to open enrollment on Monday, July 20, 2020, if your residency is complete and you've paid your fees online or by mail.

The following forms and documents apply to 2020-21 John Mills students. Please read the comments in parentheses for more information about each item.

Please note that some items may not be available until this spring (March-May 2020).


HEALTH FORMS


► Child Health Examination Form | State of Illinois
(Required of all kindergarten students)

► Dental Examination Form | State of Illinois 
(Required of all kindergarten and 2nd-grade students)

► Eye Examination Report | State of Illinois 
(Required of all kindergarten students)


OTHER FORMS


Elementary School Student Questionnaire
(Required of all students, grades K-5)

► John Mills PTA Membership Toolkit
(Link to the PTA's website, which is the only way to join; membership is optional)

► John Mills Supply Listto be posted
(Covers all grades, K-5)

John Mills Yearbook Form — to be posted
(Information for ordering yearbook)


QUESTIONS DURING SUMMER BREAK


John Mills' main office will be closed for summer break from early June to late July. The specific dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your enrollment questions:

► Contact Person | Ms. Kim Kaminski, Registrar
► Email | registration@epcusd401.org
► Phone | 708-583-6479
► Fax | 708-452-0732

Students attend Elm Middle School if they are in grades 6-8. 

The first day of school for 2020-21 is Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

Elm schedules can be viewed on PowerSchool two to three days prior to Aug. 12. Please do not call the office for this information.

Reminder: There is no need to come to open enrollment on Monday, July 20, 2020, if your residency is complete and you've paid your fees online or by mail.

The following forms and documents apply to 2020-21 Elm students. Please read the comments in parentheses for more information about each item.

Please note that some items may not be available until this spring (March-May 2020).


HEALTH FORMS


Child Health Examination Form | State of Illinois
(Required of all 6th-grade students)

► Dental Examination Form | State of Illinois
(Required of all 6th-grade students)


OTHER FORMS


District 401 Chromebook Policy, Procedures & Informationto be posted
(Required reading for all students, grades 6-8)

► Elm Athletic Pre-Participation Examination Form
(Required of all students who want to join an Elm sports team)

► Elm Bus Routesto be posted
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► Elm Field Trip Permission Form | 6th Grade — to be posted
(Required for participation in field trips and listed special events)

► Elm Field Trip Permission Form | 7th Gradeto be posted
(Required for participation in field trips and listed special events)

► Elm Field Trip Permission Form | 8th Gradeto be posted
(Required for participation in field trips and listed special events)

► Elm Supply List | 6th-Gradeto be posted
(Covers all 6th-grade classes that require student-provided supplies)

► Elm Supply List | 7th-Gradeto be posted
(Covers all 7th-grade classes that require student-provided supplies)

► Elm Supply List | 8th-Gradeto be posted
(Covers all 8th-grade classes that require student-provided supplies)

► Elm Yearbook Form — to be posted
(Link for ordering yearbook online)


QUESTIONS DURING SUMMER BREAK


Elm's main office will be closed for summer break during portions of June and July; the exact dates will be posted here when they become available.

The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your enrollment questions:

► Contact Person | Ms. Kim Kaminski, Registrar
► Email | registration@epcusd401.org
► Phone | 708-583-6479
► Fax | 708-452-0732

Students attend Elmwood Park High School if they are in grades 9-12. 

The first day of school for 2020-21 is Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

EPHS schedules can be viewed on PowerSchool two to three days prior to Aug. 12. Please do not call the office for this information.

Reminder: There is no need to come to open enrollment on Monday, July 20, 2020, if your residency is complete and you've paid your fees online or by mail.

The following forms and documents apply to 2020-21 EPHS students. Please read the comments in parentheses for more information about each item.

Please note that some items may not be available until this spring (March-May 2020).


HEALTH FORM


► Child Health Examination Form | State of Illinois
(Required of all 9th-grade students)


OTHER FORMS


District 401 Chromebook Policy, Procedures & Informationto be posted
(Required reading for all students, grades 9-12)

► EPHS Activities & Organizationsto be posted 
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► EPHS Athletic Pre-Participation Examination Form
(Required of all students who want to join an EPHS sports team)

► EPHS Bell Scheduleto be posted
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► EPHS Bus Mapto be posted
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► EPHS Bus Routesto be posted
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► EPHS Parking Permitto be posted
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► EPHS Physical Education Uniform Order Formto be posted
(Required of all students taking PE classes)

► EPHS College & Career Pathways Program of Studies 2020-21
(Downloadable PDF but do not print; this document is more than 40 pages)

EPHS Tiger Booster Club Membership Form
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

EPHS Yearbook Formto be posted
(Information for ordering yearbook)


QUESTIONS DURING SUMMER BREAK


The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your enrollment questions:

► Contact Person | Ms. Kim Kaminski, Registrar
► Email | registration@epcusd401.org
► Phone | 708-583-6479
► Fax | 708-452-0732

If your child will attend preschool or kindergarten in 2020-21, your child must enroll as a new student even if he or she currently attends preschool in District 401.

Please see the New/Transfer Students page for documents and forms.

If your student will be in 1st grade or above in 2020-21, please consult the appropriate school section listed elsewhere on this page.

Reminder that as of August 2020:

► Grade 9-12 students attend Elmwood Park High School.
► Grade 6-8 students attend Elm Middle School.
► Grade K-5 students south of the railroad tracks attend Elmwood Elementary School.
► Grade K-5 students north of the railroad tracks attend John Mills Elementary School.
► Preschool (PK3 & PK4) students attend John Mills.