Pre-K, kindergarten registration to open

PARKERSBURG – Preregistration for children entering Wood County Schools prekindergarten and kindergarten classes will open in a few weeks.

Preregistration for kindergarten students will run Feb. 25 – March 1 at the school the child will be attending, according to Karen Brunicardi, director of elementary schools and prekindergarten programs.

Prekindergarten preregistration will be held March 11-15.

Early registration enables school personnel to more accurately assign staff and classroom space for the kindergarten program. Because of changes and potential restaffing, it is necessary that children be preregistered to be assured they can attend kindergarten in their attendance area. If a child is not preregistered during that period, it may be necessary for the child to attend kindergarten outside the normal attendance area, Brunicardi said.

The early sign-up period also aids in reminding parents of immunization requirements for children entering any West Virginia school for the first time. Students should have completed the age-appropriate immunization program prior to the first day of school in the fall.

“The kindergarten program provides age and developmentally appropriate experiences to help prepare children for the formal academic setting in first grade,” Brunicardi said. “They learn to follow directions, to accept responsibility for personal belongings, to develop coordination skills needed for writing and to interact with other children.”

“Children are also introduced to reading, writing and math programs in kindergarten, narrowing the gap between students with differing levels of experience,” she added.

A child must be five years old by Aug. 31, 2013, to begin kindergarten in the fall. Those students whose fifth birthday will occur between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 may request early entrance to kindergarten.

Parents must present their child’s certified birth record and proof of immunization against childhood diseases when enrolling a new student. Children who will be entering school in West Virginia for the first time must have these immunizations: DTaP, IPV, MMR, Hep B and Varicella. Any physician’s request for immunization exemption must state which vaccines are involved, a detailed explanation of the medical contraindication and if the contraindication is temporary or permanent. Parents/guardians are requested to present a comprehensive well child exam documentation or HealthCheck form from their health care provider to the school nurse or administrator. The well child exam needs to have been completed within one calendar year from the start of school.

A child may be preregistered at the elementary school he or she will attend in the fall. Preregistration hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents should allot at least 20 minutes to complete the process.

School based programs are located at Blennerhassett, Criss, Fairplains, Franklin, Gihon, Greenmont, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lubeck, Madison, Martin, Mineral Wells, Neale, Vienna, Waverly and Williamstown elementary schools.

Community Programs are located at A Little People Place (register at Madison Elementary), Henry Logan and Joyful Sound Day Care (register at McKinley Elementary), LovingKindness Childcare (register at Fairplains Elementary), Precious Angels (register at Criss Elementary), South Parkersburg Baptist Preschool Learning Center (register at Franklin Elementary), Wee Care Day Care (register at Williamstown Elementary), the YMCA (register at Madison Elementary) and Cedar Grove Head Start 3 (register at Kanawha Elementary). Parents should follow the list above to determine where they should go to register for the sites they are interested in.

Brunicardi said all Pre-K classes will meet four day a week, Monday-Thursday.

Students living in one of the school districts indicated will be given first priority for enrollment and must report to the school with registration information. Out of district students will be accepted to fill classes.