Classes at Lake Central schools start in three weeks, and the school district’s administration has released information that parents need to know before the first bell rings Aug. 13.
Online registration at http://www.lcsc.us/ for students who have previously attended Lake Central schools begins Aug. 1, and continues through 10 p.m. Aug. 9. Parents of these students may register online using their parent access code.
Parents of kindergarten and new students to the corporation will receive codes in the mail.
Textbook rental costs and fees will be collected at the time of registration.
Schedules for middle school and high school students will be available as soon as online registration is completed. View elementary school schedules in Parent Access at http://www.lcsc.us/ after 8 a.m. Aug. 8.
Parents who need assistance completing their online registration may go to Watson Elementary School, 333 W. 77th Ave., Schererville, on Aug. 5. Help is available at the school from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For assistance with the parent access code, call (219) 558-2727.
Textbook, other fees
Parents are encouraged to pay all student textbook rental fees before the start of school. Fees may be paid as part of online registration.
Fees for elementary students depend on the grade level.
Those costs are $154 for half-day kindergarten; $164 for full-day kindergarten; $175 for first grade and advanced first grade; $166 for second grade and $170 for advanced second grade; $151 for third grade and advanced third grade; $129 for fourth grade and $148 for advanced fourth grade.
Middle school fees vary depending on the individual student schedule. The basic fee for grades five through eight is $17.
In high school, the basic fee for all students is $57. Total costs for each high school student will vary depending on the schedule.
Students can buy meals using a prepay debit system.
The district's food service department offers online payments into students’ accounts using a credit or debit card. Parents may deposit funds, check for low balances and view student purchases by creating an account.
Deposits require a 4.9 percent transaction fee. More information is available by following the MealTime link on the district’s website www.lcsc.us.
If depositing funds by check, parents should make checks payable to the child’s school.
Food Service Director Gladys Rediger said parents should be sure to include their driver’s license number and their child’s full name and ID number on each check or envelope containing cash.
Account balances are carried forward each year and transferred between buildings.
Costs for meals have increased 10 cents this school year because of federally mandated menu changes, Rediger said.
Breakfast costs $1.20 for elementary students and $1.30 for middle school students. Elementary school students are charged $1.90 for lunch, while middle school and high school students pay $2.15 per meal. Milk costs 45 cents.
Monthly menus are available on the district's website.
Meal, book assistance
Lake Central School Corp. provides free and reduced-price meal and textbook assistance to students who qualify.
Families whose gross income falls within the established federal guidelines are eligible for the assistance. Applications are accepted throughout the school year and can be completed online or on paper.
For assistance with the application, call the food service department at (219) 865-4416 between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Food service will notify families of approval or denial for meal/textbook assistance by mail within 10 business days of receipt of the completed application.
Students on the federal reduced-price lunch program will pay 10 cents for breakfast and 20 cents for lunch.
Rediger said parents should plan to send a lunch or lunch money with each child until they receive a letter from the food service office.
Start of classes
Classes for all students in grades kindergarten through 12 start Aug. 13.
At Lake Central High School and Freshman Center in St. John, classes begin at 7:15 a.m.
The start time is 8:47 a.m. for students at Clark Middle School in St. John, Grimmer Middle School in Schererville and Kahler Middle School in Dyer.
Students enrolled at the district’s six elementary schools will begin their day at 8:10 a.m. Those in morning kindergarten will attend class from 8:10 to 10:40 a.m.
Before- and after-school care
Each elementary school will offer a Before & After-School Care Program sponsored by The Adventure Club as a service for working families.
The before-school program begins at 6:30 a.m. The after-school program ends at 6 p.m.
For more information, call The Adventure Club at (219) 865-6283 or email email@example.com.