ROCK HALL — Kent County Public Schools has announced the dates for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration

Please contact your child’s home school to schedule an appointment, a news release states.

Rock Hall Elementary School will hold its registration Monday, May 17; call 410-810-2622.

H. H. Garnet Elementary School’s registration follows on Tuesday, May 18; call 410-778-6890. For Galena Elementary School registration is on Wednesday, May 19; call 410-810-2510.

KCPS will continue to offer full-day pre-K free to all children who reside in Kent County and will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1.

The overall goal of the program is to provide learning experiences to develop and maintain school readiness skills necessary for successful school performance. The program achieves this goal by providing developmentally appropriate experiences that address the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of young children, the release states.

According to the release, income eligibility information will be collected from all families as part of the registration process. Children who are economically disadvantaged, homeless, enrolled in preschool special education, limited English proficient or exhibit lack of readiness will receive information regarding service options available to support school readiness.

The State of Maryland requires children to attend kindergarten before entering first grade. Children who are 5 years old by Sept. 1 must register and attend kindergarten before entering the first grade.

There are some exceptions to the law.

Parents may apply for a home school instruction program as an alternative to the school

attendance requirement or request a one-year level of maturity waiver if they believe a delay in school attendance is in the best interest of their child.

Parents having questions about registration are invited to phone their area elementary school.

County residents also are asked to contact the school’s principal if they know of a child who should be enrolled but whose family have not received registration information.

As a reminder, a regulation pertaining to lead poisoning went into effect in 2003 for students residing in areas designated as at risk for lead poisoning. Documentation from a physician will have to be provided that certifies that if the child resides in an at-risk area or has ever resided in an at-risk area, they have undergone blood testing for lead poisoning.

Forms for this purpose will be available at the school.

On registration day, parents should bring the following documents: the child’s birth certificate; completed Immunization and Health Inventory forms; proof of residence such as a utility or tax bill or a lease agreement; the child’s Social Security card; the parent’s driver’s license photo ID; proof of custody if not a birth parent; and for pre-K only, proof of income.

If claiming income eligible, a form will be completed during the application process and verified through the supervisor of student services at the KCPS central office.

Go to www.kent.k12.md.us for more information.

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