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Parents are required to register children that are homeschooled with the County School Superintendent's office within 30 days of withdrawal from public or private school, or relocation to Cochise County. An Affidavit of Intent to Home School (PDF) must be completed, signed and notarized, and returned to our office with a copy of the child s birth certificate. The affidavits and a resource information packet are also available at our office. There is also a small home school library available for parents who wish to take home textbooks.
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Within the scope of the Arizona Revised Statutes and in collaboration with state and local agencies, the Cochise County School Superintendent's office provides guidance, advocacy, programs, and services that support Cochise County Schools.
The County School Superintendent's office is located at 4001 E. Foothills Drive, in Sierra Vista, 85635. We are located in the same building as the County Assessor's Office, to the left of the County Health Department building as you enter the parking lot.
As an Education Service Agency, the County School Superintendent's office provides services and support for the schools and their professional educators and administrators. Activities include facilitating workshops and training sessions that offer instruction in financial matters, curriculum development, student data analysis and subject improvement strategies. The office also provides teacher certification registration, student and teacher recognition programs and interpretation of state and federal educational initiatives and requirements.
By Arizona State Statutes, the office of the Superintendent provides accounting services to school districts such as payroll and expense processing, budget preparation and analysis, check and cash balance reconciliation, tax rate calculation, and financial report preparation.
The County School Superintendent's office assists the county's 22 school districts, education professionals, parents and students by serving as the Education Service Agent, Fiscal Agent, Education Programs Administrator and School Elections Administrator.
Policies and procedures of the school districts are set by the governing school boards of each district. Board members are elected officials and the County School Superintendent does not intercede in the decisions made by the school boards. The recommended course of action to resolve problems would be to first discuss the issue with the child's teacher and/or principal. If further discussion is warranted, an appointment with the District School Superintendent may be requested. You may also consider a request to address the school board members at a regularly scheduled school board meeting.
Downloadable forms and instructions are available on the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) website.
Each District in Cochise County has different guidelines to register your child for school. Generally, you will need your picture ID, a copy of the child's birth certificate and proof of immunization. Other items that may be necessary are proof of residence, report cards, transcripts, withdrawals. Should you need a copy of your child's birth certificate, you may contact Cochise County Office of Vital Records (Cochise County Health Department) at 520-432-9400.