Monday, May 23, 2016

Letter: Parents of NJ K-12 Students Being Mislead On Enrollment

The expressed opinions or views of this letter does not necessarily represent the opinion of the MiddletownMike blog:

Dear Editor,

Many small-minded people who work inside of New Jersey's K-12 education system mislead parents of children registering for school, by claiming that there are required documents to register a child in school.

State law says a school district is required to register any student of school age who says they live within the district. Even if the child and parent lack any form of ID or other official documentation, the child still must be registered and allowed to attend school.

Districts must admit the student and then the parent may provide whatever documents they can get together. It is the "totality" of those documents that can prove residency.

For example, a birth certificate and a piece of mail would more than be sufficient ID under the law.

To protect your child from identity theft, you should NEVER provide a social security number to a school district or your drivers license. They have no legitimate use for this information.

A K-12 School is not the IRS, an employer, or a bank. How dare they demand a SSN?

Eric Hafner
Toms River


Anonymous said...

School districts do not ask for SS numbers. What school district are you talking about? Middletown doesn't. They may ask for a copy of a students driver's license if they are going to be parking on school property to make sure that the students are legal drivers. Parking is a privilege, not a right. So if they don't show the license, they don't park.

So to answer your question: How dare they ask for SS numbers?

The answer is simple, they don't.

This SS nonsense is much ado about nothing.

Anonymous said...

Every district sets their own registration policy. Some are compliant and some aren't. What Middletown does is not what Hazlet does. Some towns demand a parents drivers license, lease, and SS number. Others take anything.

Anonymous said...

"Every district sets their own registration policy."


It is against the law for a school district to require that students provide their SS numbers in order to register. They do not get to make their own laws in Hazlet. Are you saying that the Hazlet school district is breaking the law? I seriously doubt that.

Anonymous said...

It looks like this is a big problem in a lot of places and yes Hazlet is breaking the law:

They specify required documents and legally they can't.

Anonymous said...

Did you read the file that you cited?

Hazlet DOES NOT ask for SS numbers.

They ask for proof of residency and proof that the child is being registered by a parent or legal guardian and proof of the child's age, that's all.

Again, much ado about nothing.