Raytown parents frustrated over school enrollment process

Posted at 9:23 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 07:19:46-04

RAYTOWN, Mo. — Wednesday is the first day for Raytown Schools, but some parents are worried their kids won't be able to take part because of enrollment issues.

"They're going to miss out on that and it's not fair because of the school district. Hire more help. Something," Antoinette West said.

She spent three hours trying to get her child enrolled on Monday.

"If she doesn't get this situated on time, they're not going to be able to start the first day of school. It's a lot of kids in that situation," she said.

Paula Welcher had issues enrolling her daughter for her senior year. After two hours at the district Tuesday, Welcher said, "They say she's ready to go. She's going to show up tomorrow and she better be able to stay in school."

Raytown Schools told 41 Action News it's not aware of any issues with its enrollment system. The district enrolled 600 students on Friday, close to 600 on Monday, but could not give a number of students who are not fully enrolled.

Lindsay Ryan said she, "Never received a notice. I didn't get an email. Nothing. The only reason I knew is when my daughter went to go pick up her schedule."

Parents tell us their issues are with the enrollment system, not the people.

"I do love the schools here, the staff is incredible," Ryan said.

The frustration lies with the uncertainty of if their children are ready to start their first day of school and what parents will do if they aren't.

West said, "People should be getting home, taking baths, doing hair, outfits, not worried about is my kid going to start on time?"