The Ottumwa Community School District Welcome Center, located at 325 E. Main St., offers new and returning families a central location to complete the enrollment and registration process. Families are now able to enroll all of their children at one location and have assistance in completing the process, including internet and computer access.
The Welcome Center offers year-round assistance in the downtown location. The staff ensures proper documentation has been received, all records have been requested, sets up school transportation, and informs families which school they are assigned. The center also provides parents with information on district and community programs, services, and resources.
Appointments are appreciated but walk-ins are also welcome. The center is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact our district registrar at 641-684-6559 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to schedule an appointment.
New student registration is open year-round. The annual update of information for returning students opens the second Wednesday of July yearly.
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PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS
Students who are at least 3 years old by September 15 are eligible for preschool. Students who turn 5 on or before September 15 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten.
If your student attended preschool at Pickwick Early Childhood Center, Seton Montessori, or Indian Hills Preschool, your student(s) is considered a returning student. See the instructions below. If you have not attended one of the above mentioned preschools, please follow the instructions below for new students.
A returning student is one who was actively enrolled in Ottumwa Schools on the last day of the previous school year. Forgot your PowerSchool username or password? Use the “Forgot Username or Password” link on the sign-in page of your parent account or get help by clicking HERE.
HOW TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD
Log into your PowerSchool account (web browser or mobile app) and select your child.
Click on FORMS (click MORE in the app to locate the FORMS link).
Click on the name of the first form listed in the ANNUAL STUDENT UPDATE category. Review and update as needed.
Click SUBMIT on the bottom right of each form when finished.
Do this for each child you are registering.
Click HERE for instructions on how to use Forms.
You can upload documents (or pictures of documents if readable) in your PowerSchool account such as athletic physicals, 9th-grade dental screeners, or immunization records. Use the Upload Documents feature on the Student Demographics form.
A new student registration means the child you are registering is not currently an active student in the Ottumwa Community School District. Active students include those enrolled at Pickwick Early Childhood Center, Seton Montessori, or Indian Hills Preschool.
HOW TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD
You can upload documents to your PowerSchool account (pictures of the documents are fine if readable) or submit them to the Welcome Center. Use the Upload Documents feature on the Student Demographics form.
Fees are payable online through Vanco or by cash or check at any school building.
If you meet any of the guidelines mentioned you can access the fee waiver form on the Free & Reduced Fee Waiver form on your parent PowerSchool account. A completed form is required to be on file yearly in order for us to waive fees.
Required yearly fees will be available to pay online through Vanco during registration and beyond. Optional fees such as yearbooks, band, etc. will be available to select in your Vanvo account. Cash or check is also accepted at each building.
Free and reduced meal applications will not be collected this year as all students will receive breakfast and lunch meals at no charge. If your student needs to utilize the income survey for a fee waiver, please contact your school secretary.
Parent Account & Registration Assistance:
For families who speak a language other than English, please contact the Welcome Center between August 1-20 for assistance. You can also click on the YouTube video links below. YouTube videos can be translated for closed captioning.
If you need access to the internet:
Wi-Fi is available the Welcome Center as well as several locations throughout Ottumwa. CLICK HERE for a list of options.
Mobile hot spots are available through the Ottumwa Public Library
If you need access to a device:
Schedule a time to use a computer at the Ottumwa Public Library at (641) 682-7563.
Visit the Welcome Center or schedule a time to use a computer at your child’s school by contacting the school secretary. If you have students in multiple buildings, contact the secretary at your youngest child’s building (grades 1-12) for assistance.
Telephone Consumer Protection Act:
The Ottumwa Community School District makes robocalls or sends automated texts to student family wireless phones regarding the health and safety of students and faculty, including unexcused absences, weather closures, and incidents of threats or imminent danger to the school, pursuant to the “emergency purpose” exception to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's consent requirement. The district also uses this form of communication to send non-emergency messaging such as notifications. Parents who do not wish to receive non-emergency messages can opt-out by sending a written request to the district's Technology Director at Ottumwa Community Schools, Technology Director, 1112 N. Van Buren, Ottumwa, IA 52501