COVID-19 might’ve delayed it a month, but parents of kindergarten students in the Cartersville City School System finally will be able to register their kids for school this week.
Registration for the Class of 2033 will be Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day at Cartersville Primary School at 315 Etowah Drive.
Students with last names beginning with A-H should report Tuesday; last names beginning with I-P should report Wednesday; and last names beginning with Q-Z should report Thursday.
Parents can pick up registration papers at the front entrance of CPS or print them directly from the website.
“In order to help with the governor’s social-distancing policy, parents will be asked to complete paperwork before they arrive for registration – in their car, under breezeway or in the purple hallway,” Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said. “Parents will be asked to leave students to help with social distancing and keeping individuals in the building to a minimum.”
The school district added more registration days this year to help with social distancing.
“We will also stretch the event out over a three-day period,” Clouse said. “Normally, it occurs on one day.”
To register students for kindergarten, parents/guardians must provide the following documentation:
- Birth certificate. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020, to enroll in kindergarten.
- Social Security card or statement of objection to use Social Security number, which is available in the CPS office and must be filled out, signed by a parent or legal guardian and notarized before registration is complete. A notary public is available at all Cartersville City schools.
- A certificate of immunization (Form 3231) and a certificate of eye, ear, dental and nutrition screening (Form 3300) obtained from a family pediatrician or the Bartow County Health Department at 100 Zena Drive in Cartersville. All students will be required to submit the new revised 3300 form.
- Two printed proofs of city residence, such as a driver’s license, Georgia identification or passport; deed or mortgage statement; lease/rental agreement; utility statement; or an affidavit of residency.
- A copy of a parent/guardian ID.
- Custody papers, if applicable.
Principal Gina Bishop said there is no way of knowing how many kindergarten students will enroll for the 2020-21 school year.
“If we use last year’s data and consider the number of students who registered for our pre-K program, we could be looking at around 300 kindergarten students for this school year,” she said.
County residents who want to register their kindergartner at CPS for next year can have their child’s name placed on a waiting list. The application for the waiting list is available at the school.
As for other grade levels of county students who want to enroll in the Cartersville City School System, the front offices at the primary, elementary, middle and high schools will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the middle school being closed from noon to 1 p.m., to accept out-of-district applications.
Social-distancing protocols and department of health guidelines will be observed at the schools.
Applications can be picked up at each school or printed from the school district website.
“Because of growing student numbers at all four of our schools, the opportunity to take on additional out-of-district students will be limited,” Clouse said. “There is only so much space, and our class sizes throughout the district have already exceeded the most ideal situation. Out-of-district applications will be considered based upon the criteria already established and are on a case-by-case review based upon those criteria and space availability at each grade level and course need.”
Because of the limited availability, “it may be mid-July before decisions are made for acceptance,” he added.
The out-of-district tuition is $300 per student, which must be paid in full at the time of acceptance.