A new school year is rapidly approaching and parents, teachers, students and school employees will spend this week and next getting ready for the trip back to class.

The Paris School District will be holding its Fourth Annual Registration Event for new and current students today (Wednesday) and tomorrow. Then, this weekend, those shopping for back-to-school items will be able to purchase items tax-free.

The registration event will take place from noon until 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Paris High School Cafeteria. The new school year begins on Monday, Aug. 13.

The event is an opportunity to complete regular “first of the school year” paper work such as updating address and telephone, fill out medical and transportation information, cafeteria information, Home Access Center items and to receive class supply lists.

Students who are new to the school district will need to stop by the Superintendent’s Office and pick up a registration packet and have it filled out before the event.

All students will pick up their schedules and find out who their home room teachers will be. Students can not get their schedules without a parent or guardian who has completed the registration process. Families who can’t attend the registration event will get their student schedule at each building’s Open House event.

If you have questions, call Tricia Stinnett or Debbie Featherston at 1-844-963-3243 in the Administration Building.

There will be very little paperwork sent home the first week of school for you to sign.

Also, there will be nightly drawings for $50 gift cards.

Arkansas’ tax-free shopping weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Tax-free shopping includes online sales as well as in-store purchases.

In Arkansas, the state and local sales tax will not be collected on clothing and footwear with a sales price of less than $100 per item, clothing accessories and equipment less than $50 per item, school supplies, school art supplies and school instructional materials.

All retailers in are required to participate in the tax-free weekend and may not charge tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday, according to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

State and local sales tax will not be collected during this 48-hour period on the sale of:

Clothing and footwear if the sales price is less than $100 per item.

Clothing accessories and equipment if the sales price is less than $50 per item.

School and school art supplies.

School instructional materials.

Arkansas adopted the sales-tax holiday in 2011.

The National Retail Federation anticipates total spending for K-12 schools and college to reach $82.8 billion this year.

(The Times Record of Fort Smith contributed information used in this article.)