Back to School

Back to School

As the new school year approaches, families play an important role in ensuring a smooth transition for their children. To help our families navigate the back-to-school season with ease, we've compiled the ultimate back-to-school hub. From essential information to valuable resources, we are here to guide families on the path to success.

Here is everything you need to know for the 2023-24 school year.

What school will my child attend?

Are you living in a new neighborhood or new to District 51? Welcome! Visit and enter your residential address to see which schools are in your attendance area.

What is the first day of school?

  • Middle and High School students start on Wednesday, August 9.
  • Elementary School students (1st-5th grades) start on Friday, August 11.
  • Kindergartners start on Tuesday, August 15.
Click here to see all Board Approved 2023-24 school year calendars.

How do I register my child for school?

Registration opens Tuesday, July 18. If your child is staying at their school for another year, all you need to do is confirm enrollment on ParenVUE. If you child is new to town, changing schools within in the district, or startting kindergarten, you will need to fill our enrollment forms on ParentVUE and present some documents at your child's school office.

Create ParentVUE Account Login ParentVUE

If you are having issues accessing your ParentVUE account, click here to reset your password.

What documents do I need to register my child for school?

While enrollment forms can be filled out online (click here), some records must be presented in person to complete your child's school enrollment. Please bring the following to the office of your child's school if you are enrolling in a new school: birth certificate, immunication records, parental ID, and proof of residency (utility bill or mortgage statement).

Sign up to ride the bus/find my bus route?

District 51 utilizes Student Transporation of America (STA) for our bussing services. Click here to see if there is a bus stop near your house. Please contact your child's school or STA at 970-697-1050 to learn more about bus ridership.  Find  additional information about D51 Transporation here.

Find My Bus Route

How do I receive help with school supplies?

If you cannot afford school supplies, your child's school may be able to help! Each school receives supplies donated to the Stuff the Bus Supply Drive and distributes them to those who inquire about the supplies. The amount of supplies available varies by year, depending on how many donations are received through Stuff the Bus. Call your child's school if you would like to request supplies.

School Supply List Stuff The Bus Supply Drive

Fee Schedules

How do I receive essential school communications?

Each school and District 51 use the information you provide in your registration documents to contact you by phone or email regarding important school communications. Please ensure the information your child's school has for contacting you is up-to-date.

How do I receive emergency communications?

Each school and District 51 send out communication regarding shelter in place, lockdown, and reunifircation incidents via text, as well as hazardous weather (delays and closures) communications. To ensure you recieve this crucial communication, we encourage you to sign up to receive text messages from the district or your child's school by texting "YES" to 67587.

How do I apply for free and reduced school meals?

All breakfasts and lunches are free for all students beginning in the 2023-24 school year, thanks to a vote-approved bill passed in November 2022. It is crucial for families to continue completeing a meal beneift application if their household qualifies in order for your child's school and our district to receive full access to federal funding. The application can be completed online here, or you may pick up a paper application at your child's school or the Nutrition Services Office located at 2280 East Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501.