Parents of children who will be attending preschool or kindergarten next year need to register their children before March 14, officials emphasize. The enrollment forms are available at elementary schools across Wyoming County and the central office in Pineville.
These forms are necessary in order to have an accurate count of children to be served in the 2016-17 school year, according to officials.
“We need an approximate number for kindergarten classes next year,” Frank Blackwell, county schools superintendent, said.
Having that estimate of kindergarten and preschool students helps officials prepare for staffing needs, provide materials and other supplies as well as get classrooms ready, Blackwell said.
“It also allows us to spot any potential shift in the population from one area to another. We need this information so that we can plan for transportation needs,” Blackwell added.
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Children must attend school within their home district. To attend a school outside a student’s home district, parents must have prior approval from the Wyoming County Board of Education.
While decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, the board generally allows students to attend out of their home district if it does not require hiring additional personnel and parents provide the transportation, according to officials.
However, parents take a chance when sending their children to schools outside the home district, Blackwell said.
If the classroom number increases to the point an additional teacher is needed, students not attending in their home districts will be required to return to the designated home school.
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Children who will be five years old between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30 may apply for early kindergarten entrance.
Early kindergarten entrance applications forms are available during preschool/kindergarten screenings, which are scheduled in early May, and must be returned to the child’s home district school principal prior to June 1.
Parents of these applicants will be notified prior to Aug. 1 for the child’s early entrance exam; children who attain a passing score, and meet all other requirements, will be allowed to attend kindergarten.
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To be eligible for preschool services, children must be four years old prior to Sept. 1.
Some three-year-olds may also be eligible for preschool intervention services, according to officials. A preschool enrollment form, completed by a parent, is also required for these services, according to officials.
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Preschool screenings are required prior to entrance into kindergarten or preschool programs.
• At the time of the child’s screening, parents must also provide proof of immunizations from the county health department (yellow or green card), a certificate of live birth, and a state Health Check form completed by a physician within the last year.
• Students are also now required to be seen by a dentist in the year prior to beginning school, according to officials. Documentation that includes the dentist’s signature and date of service are also required at the time of the child’s screening.
• If the child has been seen by an eye doctor, documentation is also requested at the time of the screening, according to officials.
Screenings will be conducted May 2-12 at elementary schools across the county. Additionally, a countywide make-up day, at the Resource Center in Pineville, is scheduled May 13.
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The screenings will be conducted as follows (Parents need to bring proof of immunizations from the Wyoming County Health Department – yellow or green card, a Department of Vital Statistics certificate of live birth, Social Security card, a state Health Check form completed by a physician within the last year, proof of dental visit, and school officials also suggest bringing proof of any eye doctor visit.) :
• May 2: Mullens Elementary, for Mullens, Maben, Stephenson areas, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
• May 3: Baileysville Elementary and Middle, for Baileysville and Coal Mountain areas, from 9 until 11 a.m.
• May 3: Huff Consolidated Elementary and Middle, for Huff and Hanover areas, from 1 until 3 p.m.
• May 4: Pineville Elementary, for Pineville, Glen Rogers, McGraws areas, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
• May 5: Berlin McKinney Elementary, for Oceana, Matheny, Kopperston areas, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
• May 6: Glen Fork Elementary and Middle, for Glen Fork area, from 9 a.m. until noon.
• May 11: Herndon Consolidated Elementary and Middle, for Herndon area, from 9 a.m. until noon.
• May 12: Road Branch Elementary and Middle School, for Road Branch area, from 9 until 11 a.m.
• May 13: Resource Center, in Pineville, countywide make-up day, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
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For more information, phone the child’s home district elementary school or the Resource Center at 304-732-6262, extension 201.