Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the mandatory kindergarten law and when did it go into effect?

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    The mandatory kindergarten attendance law, which went into effect July 1, 1992, establishes two requirements: a. The minimum age of compulsory school attendance is lowered to five years of age; and -- b. Children are required to attend kindergarten before entering first grade.

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  • How old must children be to enroll in Kindergarten?

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    Children must be five-years-old by September 1 to enroll in kindergarten. Contact your local school for information about office hours. All Kindergarten programs are full day. 

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  • When does registration begin for school year 2018-2019?

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    Registration for the 2018-2019 school year begins: April 4, 2018.  

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  • Can kindergarten attendance be deferred on the basis of maturity?

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    State Board of Education regulations allow parents/guardians to submit a one- year level of maturity waiver for a kindergarten-age child if the parents believe that a delay in kindergarten attendance is in the best interest of their child. Such a child, however, must attend kindergarten the next year. 

     

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  • How do I submit a request for a Kindergarten Waiver?

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    If a parent wishes that kindergarten attendance be deferred for one year due to the child's level of maturity, the parent must do the following:

    • File a completed K Waiver form with the Deputy Superintendent of Schools before the opening of the school year in which the child becomes five years old.  
    • Register that child in kindergarten the following school year. 
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