Enrollment for Returning Students


UPDATE FOR ALL RETURNING STUDENTS (posted May 4, 2020): Enrollment for all 2020-21 returning students is now open. Parents of returning students should email their residency information to registration@epcusd401.org. They should then go into the parent portal of PowerSchool to sign the AUP, handbook and photo consent forms. For more information about this, please go to the section below titled If Your Child Is a Returning Student (click the preceding link to get there without scrolling) and then click the rows labeled "Step 1: Proof of Residency," "Step 2: Payment of Fees" and "Step 3: Consents."


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.


Reminders for Returning Families


District 401 public schools serve residents of Elmwood Park only. You must prove residency to enroll your child in one of our four schools.*

Beginning in August 2020:

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

The first day of school for 2020-21 is Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

Please note that any homeless child shall be immediately admitted to District 401, even if the child or child's parent/guardian is unable to produce records normally required to establish residency. District 401's liaison for homeless children is Director for Student Services Dr. Kari Smith at smithk@epcusd401.org.

*The Early Childhood Center will close after the 2019-20 school year.


Definition of "Returning Student"


A student is a "returning student" if he or she did attend a District 401 school during the previous school year, including the Early Childhood Center or one of our alternative schools. For the purposes of 2020-21 enrollment, this means a student is returning if he or she attended school in the District during 2019-20.

If your student did not attend a District 401 school in 2019-20, please see the New/Transfer Students page.


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 more information about these steps, please click the rows below labeled "Step 1: Proof of Residency," "Step 2: Payment of Fees" and "Step 3: Consents."

Parents of returning students should email their residency information to:

► registration@epcusd401.org

Parents should then go into the parent portal of PowerSchool to sign the AUP, handbook and photo consent forms.

If you are the parent of a returning student enrolling in kindergarten or preschool for 2020-21, you may send in your residency documents starting the week of Feb. 10, 2020.

If you are the parent of a returning student enrolling in grades 1-12 for 2020-21, you may send in your residency documents starting the week of May 4, 2020.

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.

For your convenience, you will find links to PDF copies of all necessary enrollment documents in the row below titled "District 401 Forms & Documents." Consult the other rows for access to documents that pertain specifically to your child's school.
 

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

► WEEK OF FEB. 10, 2020
Enrollment begins for kindergarten and preschool.

► 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 PK-12 are due.
PLEASE NOTE: Walk-in/drop-off open enrollment for returning students had been scheduled for this date from 1 to 7 p.m. at EPHS. This event should be considered postponed until a final decision is made.  

► MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2020
First day of school for students.

► TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2020
School fees and fee waivers are due.*

*This date applies to all fees except for preschool tuition payment, which can be made monthly 10 times a year.

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.

If you are the parent of a returning student enrolling in kindergarten or preschool, you may send in your residency documents starting the week of Feb. 10, 2020.

If you are the parent of a returning student enrolling in grades 1-12, you may send in your residency documents starting the week of May 4, 2020.

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

To satisfy the residency requirement for the 2020-21 school year, all families of returning students 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. EMAIL your documents to this address:

registration@epcusd401.org

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.

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.

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 Aug. 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 parent portal in PowerSchool. If you do not have a PowerSchool account, contact your school so one can be created.

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 Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.

Homerooms will be posted on the Elmwood school doors several days prior to the first day of school. Please do not call the office for this information.

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 summer.


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)


QUESTIONS DURING SUMMER BREAK


Elmwood's main office will be closed during summer break from June 4 to Aug. 10, 2020. 

The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your 2020-21 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 Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.

Homerooms will be posted on the John Mills school doors several days prior to the first day of school. Please do not call the office for this information.

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


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)


QUESTIONS DURING SUMMER BREAK


John Mills' main office will be closed during summer break from June 4 to Aug. 10, 2020.

The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your 2020-21 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 Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.

Elm schedules can be viewed on PowerSchool two to three days prior to the first day of school. Please do not call the office for this information.

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


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 & Information
(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)


QUESTIONS DURING SUMMER BREAK


Elm's main office will be closed during summer break from June 4 to Aug. 10, 2020.

The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your 2020-21 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 Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.

EPHS schedules can be viewed on PowerSchool two to three days prior to the first day of school. Please do not call the office for this information.

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 summer.


HEALTH FORM


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


OTHER FORMS


District 401 Chromebook Policy, Procedures & Information
(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)


QUESTIONS DURING SUMMER BREAK


The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your 2020-21 enrollment questions:

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

Just a reminder that the Early Childhood Center will close permanently at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Beginning in August 2020:

► Grade PK3 & PK4 (preschool) students attend John Mills Elementary 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.
► Grade 6-8 students attend Elm Middle School.
► Grade 9-12 students attend Elmwood Park High School.