The enrollment process for students within the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools is being centralized with a new welcome center at Clark Hall, 380 Granville Street.
For families new to Gahanna-Jefferson, beginning July 24, parents may enroll their children online without having to complete multiple forms by hand, said Hank Langhals, pupil-services and curriculum coordinator.
The new process is particularly useful for families with more than one child to enroll. It could be done any time and from anywhere via a computer.
The formal review of applicable documentation will be done by personal appointment at the welcome center, on the second floor at Clark Hall, said Michael Straughter, public-information officer.
Computer kiosks for public use also are available on the first floor, near the entrance.
G-J school board president Claire Yoder recently informed Gahanna City Council about the change.
"The new welcome center is a new entity," she said. "The welcome center is a welcome place for us. People who come in to register their kids for elementary, middle and high school will be able to go to the new welcome center and streamline registration for new students who come in the fall."
As a result of the new center, families no longer have to drive to multiple school locations to complete the process, Langhals said.
For families currently enrolled, meaning they had a child or children attending Gahanna-Jefferson during the 2012-13 school year, as has been the custom, their building principals will contact them soon with steps to register and with orientation information for the 2013-14 school year.
They do not need to re-enroll, with the exception of, perhaps, a sibling attending GJPS for the first time.
A link to the online process beginning July 24 will be at gahannaschools.org/District/DistrictForms.aspx.
Needed documents include a birth certificate, an immunizations record and the verification of residency and/or custody.
The first day of class for the 2013-14 school year begins Aug. 19.