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Clayton Schools to begin kindergarten registration

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Clayton County Schools Coordinator of Elementary Science Vicki Jacobs said parents will soon have plenty of chances to sign their children up for kindergarten.

Jacobs, who is overseeing kindergarten registration for the school system, said she expects parents will need a couple of trips to registration sites to complete the sign-up process. So, Clayton County Schools is offering registration on a couple of Saturday dates, during extended hours on one day, and during a few weeks in May, she said.

"That provides parents with different opportunities to sign their kids up," Jacobs said. "Usually, parents will come a first time just to see what documents they need to have to sign their children up. Then they'll come back later to do the actual registration. We want to give them numerous opportunities to do that."

In less than two weeks, Clayton County parents can begin signing their children up for kindergarten for the 2010-2011 school year.

The first registration day for kindergarten will be held April 17 from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Tara Elementary School, which is located at 937 Mt. Zion Road in Morrow, according to Jacobs. The next registration day will be held April 24, also from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Tara Elementary, she said.

Regular registration begins May 3, and continues every school day until May 21, at each elementary school, during regular school hours, according to Jacobs. The school system's "Kindergarten Kickoff" event is scheduled to take place on May 4, from 6 to 7 p.m., at each elementary school in the county, she added.

According to the school system's web site, any students who are going to be enrolled in kindergarten during the next school year must be 5 years old by Sept. 1.

There are also several items parents need to bring with them when they register their children for kindergarten, including a valid form of identification, with a picture, for parents or guardians; the child's birth certificate; the child's Social Security card; a completed Georgia Department of Human Resources Certificate of Ear, Eye and Dental Screening for the child, and a completed Georgia Department of Human Resources Certificate of Immunization for the child. The certificate forms can be obtained from a private physician, or from the Clayton County Health Department's office, according to the school system's web site.

According to the site, the parent or guardian of the child must also provide two forms of proof of Clayton County residency, which can include a mortgage statement; a lease or rental agreement; an electric or gas bill; a water bill; a sanitation bill; a property tax bill, or a utility connection or deposit receipt.

All forms of proof of residency must be in the name of the parent, or guardian, and must be dated within the last two months, according to the district's web site.

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On the net:

Clayton County Public Schools: www.clayton.k12.ga.us