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DECATUR — Sorry, kids, but school starts in a couple of weeks and here's what you and your parents need to know.

Argenta-Oreana

First day: Aug. 16. Early dismissal at 2 p.m. for elementary, 2:15 p.m. for middle and high school.

In-person registration: Elementary, middle and high school (juniors and seniors): 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7; Freshmen and sophomores, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.

Open houses for first, third, and fifth grades are 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14; kindergarten, second and fourth grades are 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15; and for middle and high school are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15.

Welcome freshmen and new students, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15.

Phone: (217) 795-2313

Decatur

First day: Aug. 14

Registration: was July 23-24. For information, visit dps61.org and click on “our schools” to find your child's building phone number or call Student Services, (217) 362-3060.

Open houses: Elementary and K-8 open house: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13; middle school open house, 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19.

Maroa-Forsyth

First day: Aug. 19. Early dismissal at 11:40 a.m. for elementary. No school for kindergarten. First day of kindergarten for students with last names beginning A-K, Aug. 20; for L-Z, Aug. 21; all kindergarten students, Aug. 22.

Open houses: Aug. 15. Kindergarten and third, 4:30 p.m.; first and fourth, 5:30 p.m.; second and fifth, 6:30 p.m.

Phone (217) 794-5115

Meridian

First day: Aug. 16. Early dismissal, 1:30 p.m. for middle and high school; 1:50 p.m. for elementary.

Registration: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at each school for returning students and kindergartners

Phone: (217) 764-5269

Mount Zion

First day: Aug. 16, with early dismissal kindergarten-third, 11:35 a.m.; grades fourth-sixth, 11:40 a.m.; middle and high school, 11:05 a.m.

Registration: noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7; freshman assembly and orientation, 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Phone: (217) 864-2366

Sangamon Valley

First day: Aug. 14, with early dismissal, 11 a.m.; 2 p.m. dismissal Aug. 15-16.

Online registration: (returning students only) teacherease.com/common/login.aspx

Phone: (217) 668-2392 (high school); (217) 486-2241 (middle school), (217) 486-7521 (intermediate); (217) 963-2621 (primary).

Warrensburg-Latham

First day: Aug. 15

Online registration for returning students only: wl.k12.il.us and follow the links.

Early dismissal at 2 p.m. every Wednesday

Open house 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13

Phone: (217) 672-8614 (elementary); (217) 672-3770 (middle); (217) 672-3261 (high school)

Contact Valerie Wells at (217) 421-7982. Follow her on Twitter: @modgirlreporter

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Education Reporter

Education reporter for the Herald & Review.

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