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Kindergarten registration to be held Thursday in county schools

May 30, 2000

Thursday has been set aside for kindergarten registration for students attending Washington County public schools.

Registration for students will be held during regular hours in each school in the county.

To register children at the school within their attendance areas, parents and guardians must provide each child's birth certificate, proof of immunization, Social Security number and proof of Washington County residency.

Maryland state law requires any child who will be 5 years old on or before Dec. 31 to enroll in the kindergarten program, with certain exceptions:

* Parents who believe the child lacks the maturity necessary for kindergarten may request in writing a one-year waiver.

* Upon filing their request in writing, parents may enroll their child in a full-time, licensed child-care center or registered family day-care home, or participate in a Head Start 5-year-old program. Enrollment must be verified.

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* Parents may elect to instruct a child at home in compliance with state home-instruction regulations.

Children who will be 4 years old by Dec. 31 may be eligible to participate in the pre-kindergarten programs at some elementary schools. To register children for pre-kindergarten, parents or guardians must provide each child's birth certificate, proof of immunization, Social Security number and proof of Washington County residency, as well as proof of family income. Because of limited funding and classroom space, not all applicants can be accepted for the pre-kindergarten programs.

Maryland regulations require each student who is entering school for the first time during the 2000-2001 school year to have a physical examination prior to the first day of school. Maryland Physical Examination forms (Health Inventory), which must be completed by a physician or health care practitioner, are available at schools and from the Washington County Board of Education's Central Administration office on Commonwealth Avenue.

For information on registration or waivers, contact the school principal or the office of Martha Roulette, director of student services, at 301-766-2961.

The first day of school for the 2000-2001 school year is Monday, Aug. 28.

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