Burbank Unified's mountain of paperwork "is a shameful waste." (Brian Crosby / August 8, 2012)

I’m so glad the Burbank Unified School District gives parents the opportunity to pick up all necessary forms before school starts. The so-called parent packet used to be given out the first day of school with only one night to complete the exhaustive paperwork. Actually “exhaustive" doesn’t begin to describe what’s in the envelope.

Here is a list of what we received in our son’s elementary school packet:

•     Parent Check Sheet

•     Student Identification and Emergency Information Cards (2 of them)

•     School Parent and Student Handbook (20 pages)

•     Annual Notifications to Parents/Guardians (98 pages; 50 in Spanish)

•     Library contract form

•     PTA flyer

•     PTA volunteer form

•     PTA envelope

•     PTA and Booster association pamphlet with attached PTA envelope and booster association envelope

•     Free and Reduced-Price Meals form

•     Accelerated reader form

•     EScrip flyer

•     School directory flyer

•     School Volunteer form

•     School calendar front and back

•     Student accident insurance brochure

•     Student accident insurance flyer

•     Advertising flyer (2 pages)