Thu, 09/25/2008 - 3:34pm
By: The Citizen

The Coweta County School System is requiring 2008-09 Affidavits of Residence from the parents or guardians of all children enrolled in Coweta County schools.

The affidavits must be completed and filed with schools by December 18, 2008, in order for students to remain enrolled in their school. Letters informing parents and guardians of the requirement were sent to all student households on September 11.

This is the third year that Affidavits of Residence have been required of currently-enrolled students. The affidavits are a requirement of a Consent Decree entered in federal court between the Coweta County School System and the United States Justice Department. The Consent Decree will provide an opportunity to resolve the 1973 Court Order which governs the Coweta County School System’s desegregation attempts.

In fulfillment of the requirements of that court order, all parents, legal guardians, or other lawful custodians of students attending the Coweta County School System must sign under oath and deliver to the school his or her student is attending:


1.An Affidavit of Residence, and

2. Two items from the following list for address verification:

a. property tax records which indicate the location of the residence;

b. mortgage documents or a security deed which indicates the location of the residence;

c.apartment or home lease or rent receipt indicating the current address;

d.current utility bill for electricity or utility application for electricity showing the current address;

e. voter precinct identification card or other voter documentation indicating the current address.

 2008-09 Affidavits of Residence were included with the letters sent home on September 11.  The current-year affidavits can also be obtained at schools, or printed from a copy available on the Coweta County School System website.

Parents are asked to complete the Affidavit of Residence, signed in the presence of a Notary Public, and submit it with two pieces of the residency documentation listed above. For parent’s convenience, all schools employ Notary Publics who will be available during school hours to assist them.

The Affidavits of Residence must be filed with schools by Thursday, December 18, 2008, in order for students to remain enrolled in the second semester starting January 7, 2009.

Some parents, legal guardians, or other lawful custodians who do not reside in their own home due to unavoidable or emergency situations have already completed an Affidavit of Residence and provided the school system with two items for address verification at the Jackson Street Central Office.  No other documentation is needed at this time from these persons.

Similarly, parents who enrolled a child for the first time in a Coweta County school this school year (2008-09) had to complete an affidavit with proof of residency and do not need to file a second affidavit for that child.

Parents of enrolled students had to provide the affidavits during 2006 and 2007, as well.

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