Registration Documents

Residency Validation Form (all families must complete.  Contains list of required residency documents)

Affidavit of Residency Parent and Owner (If the Parent/Legal Guardian is residing with another family in the district)

Fee Waiver/Free Lunch Letter and Application (Available Mid-July 2023)

Residency Validation for 2023-2024

Graphic_Green-HouseStep 1: Course Selection
 
Preparing for the 2023-2024 school year is a multi-step process.  At this point your student should have selected courses for next year and our staff will take the next several months to develop our master schedule.  If your student has not selected classes or a course correction is required, please contact the Oak Lawn Community High School Student Services office. 
 
Step 2: Annual Residency Validation
(This process must to be completed by May 26, 2023.)
 
The second step of the registration process is proving district residency.  Oak Lawn Community High School requires all families to submit documentation on an annual basis to prove district residency.  OLCHS utilizes a system allowing us to electronically verify family addresses if possible. 
 
For families who the electronic system was NOT able to verify your family’s residency information.  Oak Lawn Community High School will open the online verification system on April 3, 2023.  Please access your OLCHS Skyward account, click “Residency Upload 23-24” and submit the required address verification documents.  For families who used Skyward in middle school, a new OLCHS Skyward account is required.  Families new to the district will receive a separate email with their OLCHS Skyward login information.  The list of required documents can be found on the required Residency Validation Form.  The document upload will allow families to upload only one file.  In order to upload all the required documents as one file, you will need to combine the required documents.  Some ways to do this include:
 
  • Taking a photo of each document use an image combiner app
  • Saving each image to single document file like Word or Google Doc
  • Combining PDF pages with with a program like Adobe
Although this tab appears for each student enrolled, each family only needs to complete the Skyward verification process once.  Residency verification needs to be completed by May 26, 2023.  Incoming freshmen students enrolled in summer school will not be permitted to participate without residency completed.  If you have questions please contact Erin Ferriter at (708) 741-5610 or eferriter@olchs.org
 
Although families are encouraged to submit their documentation electronically via Skyward, families do have the option of submitting the required residency documents by dropping off copies of the required paperwork at the school. Families who prefer to submit the documentation by hardcopy must print the required Residency Validation Form and submit the form along with copies of all the required paperwork.   Additionally, staff members are available during the school day with an appointment.  Residency questions and requests for appointments should be directed to Erin Ferriter at (708) 741-5610 or eferriter@olchs.org.
 
Once a family’s documents have been received and reviewed, an approved email message will be sent.  Please allow 2 - 3 weeks for the approval process to be completed.  If more information is needed a separate email requesting additional information will be sent.  Please note, that until you receive an approval email, your residency process is not complete. 

 

Step 3: Skyward Verification
 
Once your residency is approved the next steps in the registration process will open on July 1, 2023 and will include verifying your Skyward contact information and fee payment.  You will receive more information this summer regarding this process. 
 
Step 4:  Fee Payment
 
Fee Payment will open in July 2023.  
 
Step 5:  Schedule Release
 
Finally, student schedules for the 2023-2024 school year will be available on August 1, 2023 for families who have completed all the required steps.  Please do not request student schedules before August 1, 2023.  The first day of classes for all students is Wednesday, August 16, 2023.
 
The iPad pick-up date for new students will be early August TBD. 
 
FAQ –Frequently Asked Questions
 
I have completed the residency validation process for the past three years and I haven’t moved in twenty years, do I have to do it again this year?
 
Yes. Although we tried to electronically verify all families, the system was not able to verify your information and documentation is required.  Some reasons families cannot be electronically verified are owning a second home, paying bills at more than one residence, supporting family members who live in separate homes, etc.
 
 
What if I do not complete the residency validation process?
 
Students whose families have not completed the residency validation process may not be permitted to participate in summer school and will not begin classes on August 16, 2023.  Student iPads will also be disabled until this process is complete.  Please turn in your documents as soon as possible before May 26, 2023.
 
I forgot my Skyward login information, what should I do?
 
Contact Erin Ferriter at (708) 741-5610 or eferriter@olchs.org to request login information.
 
I have limited access to the Internet and/or have limited computer skills, how can I submit my residence validation documents?
 
Download the required Residency Validation Form from the website or pick-up a copy from the Greeter Station and submit copies of all the required documentation via mail or drop-off.
 
I have a complex guardianship situation or residency matter that I wish to talk to some in person, what should I do?
 
Contact Erin Ferriter at (708) 741-5610 or eferriter@olchs.org to schedule an appointment.  
 
What is the deadline to have the residency documentation submitted?
 
Although the process can begin immediately, the deadline for residency documentation is May 26, 2023. After May 26, 2023, failure to submit residency documentation can impact a student’s course selection, delay your registration for the 2023-24 school year, and may prevent your student from beginning classes on August 16, 2023. 
 
Are there fees due or collected during the Annual Residency Validation process?
 
No.  Fees will be added to Skyward after July 1, 2023.  
 
My family usually qualifies for a fee waiver/free-reduced lunch, do I need to complete the residency validation process?
 
Yes. Every family needs to complete the residency validation process on an annual basis. The residency validation process is independent of the fee waiver and free/reduced lunch application process and should be completed immediately. Fee waiver and free/reduced lunch applications will be available in July.  
 
I am the parent/legal guardian but I am residing with another family within the district. What paperwork is needed?
 
An Affidavit of Residency must be completed and notarized.  The property owner/lessee on the Affidavit of Residency must provide proof of in district residency.  The parent/legal guardian on the Affidavit must also submit two approved documents showing proof of living at the address used on the notarized affidavit AND a current driver’s license or State ID with the same address. If you are utilizing the Affidavit of Residency you are subject to random residency checks by our police liaison or deans, at which time you must show proof that the student and legal parent/guardian reside at said address. No Exceptions!