LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools will welcome the class of 2024 on Thursday as parents visit schools to enroll future kindergartners.
Parents and guardians of children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 should visit their neighborhood school Thursday to register for kindergarten, school system officials said.
Kindergarten registration for the new school year takes place before the summer to provide time to organize classes and to allow students to participate in activities that will help them get ready for their first day of school, which will be Aug. 8.
Parents should call their local elementary school for registration times or visit the "2011 Countdown for Kindergarten" section on the GCPS website, www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us, for more information and school phone numbers.
Those who are not sure which school their kindergartner will attend should call the Planning Department at 678-301-7085.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
* Your child. Schools may offer activities or screenings on registration day. Check with your school for details.
* A copy of the pre-K progress report if the child has attended a state pre-K program. You can also bring the final pre-K assessment to your child's teacher when the new school year begins. The information can serve as a benchmark of the child's skills and abilities.
* An official document showing proof of your child's birth date. Examples include an original birth certificate or birth registration, an official state or federal form with date of birth or a passport.
* Your photo ID. You will be asked present proper identification, including a driver's license, a state identification card, a passport or other official photo identification, such as an ID card obtained through an official government agency.
* Evidence of your child's vision, hearing and dental exams obtained in the past year. This information should be on Georgia Form No. 3300, available from the health department or a private physician and dentist. Letters from appropriate health care professionals and out-of-state certificates are acceptable, if completed within the last 12 months and stapled to the state form.
* A Georgia certificate of immunization for your child. By state law, a valid certificate of immunization (Form No. 3231, revised March 2007 or later) or a notarized statement of religious exemption is required for enrollment. The certificate of immunization must be completed by the health department or a private physician. A valid Form No. 3231 must be marked with either "Date of Expiration" or as "Complete for School Attendance." (A certificate marked with a "Date of Expiration" expires on the date indicated. A current certificate must be submitted within 30 days of expiration.) A medical exemption should be noted on the form with a current date of expiration. Parents may request a form from their school for religious exemption.
* Proof of your residency in the school's attendance zone. The school requires proof of residency, which may be verified by presenting a current utility bill (excluding telephone bills) with one of the following documents: a non-contingent sales contract, current lease/rental agreement, most recent income tax return, current paycheck stub, current Medicaid card, current warranty or quick claim deed, current home purchase agreement, current homeowner's insurance policy or current residential property tax statement or bill.
Documents presented for residency verification must include the same address as the accompanying utility bill. An exception: A deed without an address is acceptable if accompanied by two utility bills (excluding telephone bills) with same address in the attendance zone. A contingency contract is not acceptable. If you live with a friend or family member and need information about verifying residency, call your local school.
* Your child's social security number. State law requires that schools ask for this number at the time of enrollment. Students will be enrolled, even if the number is not provided. However, parents not providing a number will be asked to sign a waiver.
-- Source: Gwinnett County Public Schools