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County kindergarten registration begins

July 24, 2000

County kindergarten registration begins



Kindergarten registration for students attending Washington County public schools will be held Wednesday at each school during regular hours, but parents can register children any day of the week, according to Pangborn Elementary Principal Barbara Stouffer.

"We need to get children enrolled in school," Stouffer said. "It helps the school prepare for the children. The enrollment determines how many teachers you have. If you don't, you could have 20 children without a teacher."

To register children at schools 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.

Stouffer said parents who do not have the required items can still register their children, as long as those items are provided by the beginning of the school year.

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"You don't necessarily have to wait for that day," Stouffer said. "If you don't have all of those documents, please come in and register anyway. Or call and make arrangements to register, so we will know to expect that child."

Maryland law requires any child who will be five years old on or before Dec. 31, 2000 to enroll in kindergarten with certain exceptions:

-- Parents who believe the child lacks the maturity necessary for kindergarten may submit a written request for a one-year waiver.

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

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

-- Children who will be four years old by Dec. 31, 2000, may be eligible to participate in the pre-kindergarten programs at some elementary schools. To register children for pre-kindergarten, parents and guardians must provide the 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, all applicants cannot 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.

Information on registration or waivers may be obtained by contacting 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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