Families with four- and five-year-olds who will attend kindergarten in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) next school year should participate in the school district’s Round-Up set for Feb. 18.
“As we start the planning process for next school year, it is very important for us to know now how many kindergarten students to expect,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan. “We are also making this easier for families this year by using our InfoSnap system so that families can provide information online before coming to the school.”
Morgan said that families can visit the school district’s website at www.kcsdschools.net/roundup to complete their paperwork online.
“We’re excited to have this online information also available in Spanish this year,” Morgan said. “We have a great working partnership with the Alpha Center, and they provided the necessary translation to make this easier for our Spanish speaking families.”
The district also will be signing up students on Feb. 18 who will be in the first grade in 2016-2017 and are not currently enrolled in district schools. This registration is not necessary for a future first grader who is currently attending a KCSD kindergarten class.
Kershaw County School Board policy requires parents to bring the following documents to enroll a student for the first time: a copy of the child’s birth certificate, the child’s South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, a parent/guardian’s valid South Carolina ID such as a driver’s license, a tax document with the current and correct address, a check stub with the current and correct address, and either a mortgage or lease agreement or legally notarized documentation from the landlord.
Parents should register five-year-old kindergarten and first grade students at the school sites for which their residences are zoned; four-year-old kindergarten students should be registered at the school closest to their residence where the program is offered.
To be eligible for the four-year-old program, students must be four years old on or before September 1, 2016. Students applying for the four-year-old program must take an admissions test that is given at a later date. Four-year-old child development programs are tentatively scheduled for Baron DeKalb Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Midway Elementary, Pine Tree Hill Elementary and Wateree Elementary, although programs are subject to discontinuation in the event of funding shortages.
To enroll in five-year-old kindergarten programs, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2016. Parents of students currently enrolled in four-year-old programs in Kershaw County who are now registering their children for five-year-old kindergarten do not have to provide the required documentation for new students since they had to do so last year for acceptance into the four-year-old program. All elementary schools have five-year-old kindergarten programs.
To participate in this registration for first grade, a student must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2016, and not currently enrolled in the Kershaw County School District. All elementary schools have first grade programs.
Registration times on Thursday, Feb. 18 are as follows:
Baron DeKalb Elementary School – 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Bethune Elementary School – 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Blaney Elementary School – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Camden Elementary School – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 6 p.m.
Doby’s Mill Elementary School – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Jackson Elementary School – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 6 p.m.
Lugoff Elementary School – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Midway Elementary School – 8 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1 – 6 p.m.
Mt. Pisgah Elementary School – 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Pine Tree Hill Elementary School – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 6 p.m.
Wateree Elementary School – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 6 p.m.
Parents do not have to bring their children to the Round-Up, but are welcome to do so.