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Kindergarten roundup beginning

District encourages early registration

POSTED: March 26, 2013 3:11 p.m.
 

The recent weather may not feel like it, but spring has officially arrived.

And for parents of 5-year-olds in Forsyth County, that means it’s time for kindergarten registration.

Debbie Holland, registrar for the local school system, said the annual kindergarten roundup will be held during both morning and evening hours today and Thursday to accommodate parents with varying schedules.

The registration runs from 1 to 7 p.m. today and then from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Each of the county’s 19 elementary schools will hold their own event, so parents of rising kindergarteners — those who will be 5 by Sept. 1 — should check to see which school district they live in and register at that school.

Children are not required to attend the event, but parents do need to make sure they have “all the documents they need to bring,” Holland said.

Those include a copy of a birth certificate, immunization records and two proofs of residency, among other documents.

“They can also pre-register online,” Holland said. “But they still have to show up in person.”

Registration takes about 15 minutes.

Jennifer Caracciolo, system spokeswoman, said one of the benefits of kindergarten roundup is the lines are shorter than summer registration, when the school system is handling registrations for students in all grade levels.

As many as 2,000 new kindergarteners are slated to start in August, so participating in the roundup helps give schools an early indication of how many new students to expect, according to Caracciolo.

“Planning for a new school year is similar to planning your family’s weekly schedule,” she said. “The more information you have, the better prepared you will be.

“By having two days where we can have the majority of the students enroll, we are able to plan for a smooth and successful start for all kindergarten students. We are able to form classes, coordinate bus routes and provide other support structures for students.”

 

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