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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Some local children have not even had their first day of school yet. That's because many parents don't enroll them until after Labor Day.

Montgomery Public School administrators say the delay causes headaches for children and schools.

Every year school principals and administrators brace for another "back to school" surge.

"It could be anywhere from 50-100 kids to show up within that time span, that week after Labor Day," says Cheryl Fountain, the Principal at Jefferson Davis High School.

She's used to seeing kids walk through the doors for the first time--two weeks after school has officially started.

"We then have to rearrange our schedule. We have to shift students. Students have built a bond with the teacher that has been with them since the first day of school. We have to rearrange classrooms," adds Fountain.

"It's a little unsettling. We would like to have a smooth transition," says Veverly Arrington, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.

MPS officials say if a student doesn't register until long after the first day of school it automatically puts them at a disadvantage when they get to class.

"Each child needs to benefit from every day possible of any instruction in the school setting. So if you keep a child out until Labor Day, your child has missed one to two weeks of instruction," adds Arrington.

It's why administrators urge parents to make school a priority.

"So that our planning is more accurate. And so that we don't have to upset an apple cart--upset students by having to move them," says Arrington.

MPS officials say late registrations aren't unique to Montgomery. They admit it is a nationwide concern.

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