State law has changed the requirement for kindergarten eligibility, something admissions screeners say is important for parents to know with screenings coming next month.
Due to a change in state law, children must be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2013 to attend kindergarten during the 2013-14 school year.
“April will be the month for admissions screenings so we want to be clear about the new requirements,” said Warren County screening coordinator Melany Crothers, noting the law moved up the date one month from its former deadline.
Crothers says registration for kindergarten is just around the corner.
Children entering kindergarten for the coming school year may register Thursday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, April 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration will be held in Bobby Ray Elementary gym.
The screenings themselves are used to identify problems such as hearing, speech or vision impairments or underdeveloped physical or learning skills. State law requires all children to be screened before admission to kindergarten.
Along with the aforementioned registration time, the school system will arrange appointments at the schools offering kindergarten. Parents wishing to make an appointment should call the school their child will be attending beginning March 18 during regular school hours.
Parents need to bring six items with them when they bring their children for registration. The items include a birth certificate, immunization record, Social Security number, record of medical examination by a physician, insurance card, and proof of address.
As for pre-K, any child who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2013 may register. The pre-K registration will be held April 16 from 10 to 6 p.m. and April 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To apply for pre-K, parents need to bring only proof of income and proof of address.