School registration set for Wednesday

July 29, 1997


Staff Writer

Registration for new students at Washington County public schools, including kindergarten and prekindergarten, is Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at each county school.

"My primary concern is that people know the date and that they show up with the right documents in hand," said Donna Messina, spokeswoman for the Washington County Board of Education.

Beginning this year, parents or guardians must provide proof of residency in order to register their children.

"A driver's license cannot be used to prove residency. This is a state requirement," Messina said. Instead, she said, parents should bring a property tax bill, utility bill, rental lease, mortgage statement or credit card bill.


Messina also stressed that even if parents have students in the school system, they need proof of residency to register new students.

Proof of immunization requirements have changed. According to Messina, students must be fully immunized before Aug. 25, the first day of school.

A 20-day grace period will be allowed in some cases, Messina said. But even parents needing the extra time must show proof that appointments have been made and that the immunizations will be completed by the end of the 20 days, she said.

A birth certificate and Social Security number also are required for each new student.

And Maryland Physical Examination Forms must be completed by physicians. Those forms are available at schools and the Board of Education Central Office on Commonwealth Avenue.

Under Maryland law, children who will be 5 years old on or before Dec. 31, 1997, must enroll in kindergarten, with some exceptions.

According to the Board of Education, exceptions are granted to parents who request a one-year waiver or whose children are enrolled in full-time licensed day care programs. Families complying with state home instruction regulations also are exempt from the enrollment law.

Messina said late enrollment is possible, but asks that parents comply with the Wednesday registration so that schools can develop class lists and assess staff needs.

Any questions regarding registration may be directed to the individual schools, she said.

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