Pre-K, kindergarten registration begins Monday for BCSS, next month for CCSS

By DONNA HARRIS
Posted 2/19/21

It's already time for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year to get underway for both school systems.The Bartow County School System will have registration for its …

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Pre-K, kindergarten registration begins Monday for BCSS, next month for CCSS

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It's already time for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year to get underway for both school systems.
 
The Bartow County School System will have registration for its state-funded pre-K program next week, Monday through Friday, at all 12 elementary schools, and a virtual lottery drawing to determine which kids get in will be held Friday, March 19, at 8:30 a.m.
 
The state of Georgia dictates how many students each school district can enroll in pre-K, and Bartow County will have 418 allotments for next year, according to Joyce Hudson from central registration.
 
Parents/guardians must fill out the pre-K packet, and those registering for Woodland High’s pre-K must note this on the packet.
 
“Pre-K enrollment packets are not available online because they are printed on a specific color, but they can be picked up [ahead of time] at any Bartow County elementary school,” registrar Jamie McClain said. 
 
 
 
The following documents need to be brought to registration:
 
— The student’s certified birth certificate or passport. Students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2021, to be eligible for pre-K.
— Parent/guardian photo ID. 
— Two current printed proofs of residence, such as home ownership paperwork; lease/rental agreement; an electric, water/sewer, cable/internet or trash service bill; vehicle registration; PeachCare eligibility; hotel/motel receipt; letter from a shelter; or an affidavit of residency.
— The student’s Social Security card or waiver.
— Custody papers, if applicable. 
 
 
 
Two other types of documents are required at registration or after starting the program:
 
— A certificate of immunization (Form 3231) or affidavit of religious objection to immunization (Department of Public Health Form 2208), required within 30 calendar days of program entry.
— A certificate of hearing, vision, dental and nutrition screening (Form 3300), required within 90 days of program entry.
 
Both forms can be obtained from a family pediatrician or the Bartow County Health Department at 100 Zena Drive in Cartersville. The name on each certificate must match the birth certificate.
 
Bartow County’s kindergarten registration for 2021-22 will be open weekdays Feb. 22 through March 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the central registration office at 86 Registration Drive in Cartersville.
 
“When parents come into central registration, we ask that they minimize their party size and follow all CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask,” McClain said. “We have our tables spread out so there is more than 6 feet between families that are in our building. We have also extended the time frame for kindergarten registration from the usual two weeks to four weeks to allow parents more time to complete the process and help alleviate any crowds.”
 
Parents and guardians may fill out the registration paperwork ahead of time, McClain said.
 
“The packets are available on our central registration web link for download and printing, and we will have them available for pick up on our front patio when kindergarten registration begins,” she said. “If they are more comfortable, they can come inside the building and sit at one of our socially distanced tables to fill out the paperwork.”
 
On average, parents can complete the registration process in about 10 minutes if they have the paperwork filled out before they arrive, McClain said.
 
“If the parent has multiple students or needs to fill out the paperwork, that will take more time,” she said. “Please note, we are usually busiest first thing in the morning, during lunchtime hours and near the end of the day. This could extend wait times.”   
 
 
 
Parents/guardians should bring these required printed-out documents to registration:
 
— Their child’s certified birth certificate or passport. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2021, to be eligible for kindergarten.
— Parent/guardian’s driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID. 
— Two current printed proofs of residence, such as home ownership paperwork; lease/rental agreement; an electric, water/sewer, cable/internet or trash service bill; current income statement or pay stub; hotel/motel receipt; letter from a shelter; or an affidavit of residency.
— Their child’s Social Security card or waiver (available at central registration).
— Custody papers, if applicable.
— Their child’s previous school records or special education records, if applicable. 
— A certificate of immunization (Form 3231) and a certificate of hearing, vision, dental and nutrition screening (Form 3300), which can both be obtained from a family physician or the Bartow County Health Department and are required within 30 days of registering.
 
 
 
McClain said the school system typically has between 900 and 1,000 kindergartners enrolled in its 12 elementary schools during the school year.
 
“We enroll approximately 600 during spring kindergarten registration, to include current pre-K students that will ‘roll up’ to kindergarten,” she said. “In an effort to minimize traffic through central registration, current pre-K parents should have received a pre-K-to-kindergarten verification form from their school already to document their intention of sending their student to kindergarten next school year. As long as we received this verification form for current pre-K students, those parents do not need to re-register for kindergarten.”
 
While pre-K availability is based on “seats provided by the state,” kindergarten is not based on available space, McClain said.
 
“All students that are registered for kindergarten will be enrolled,” she said.
 
For more information on either registration, visit www.bartow.k12.ga.us under the Parent Page.
 
The Cartersville City School System has set its Kids and Company pre-K and kindergarten registration for next month.
 
Parents and guardians of pre-K students with last names A-M will register Wednesday, March 3, and last names N-Z will register Thursday, March 4, from 8 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. both days in Cartersville Primary School’s main office at 315 Etowah Drive.
 
A lottery drawing using a computerized randomizing system will be conducted Thursday, April 1, to fill the school system’s 128 allotted pre-K slots, and parents and guardians must register their kids on their assigned day to be entered in the lottery, according to CPS Principal Gina Bishop.
 
“This will not be done live due to COVID restrictions,” she said. “The pre-K list will be posted on the front doors of Kids and Company pre-K and CPS Friday, April 2.”
 
Pre-K registration forms can be picked up beforehand at Kids and Company at 323S. Erwin St. in Cartersville.
 
“We would love for parents to complete paperwork ahead of time,” Bishop said.
 
 
 
Parents/guardians must bring copies of the following documents to registration:
 
— Their child’s certified birth certificate. Students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2021, to be eligible for pre-K.
— Their child’s Social Security card.
— A current immunization record on Form 3231 and a certificate of hearing, vision, dental and nutrition screening on Form 3300.
— Proof of any government assistance such as Medicaid or food stamps.  
— Two current proofs of residence, such as a mortgage statement or deed, lease/rental agreement, a current city of Cartersville utility bill or an affidavit of residency.
— Parent/guardian’s driver’s license, Department of Motor Vehicles ID card or passport.
 
Cartersville’s kindergarten registration will be spread across three days: Tuesday, March 30, for last names A-M and Wednesday, March 31, for last names N-Z from 8 a.m. to noon each day and Thursday, April 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. for parents/guardians who are unable to come during the daytime in CPS’s main office.
 
“Kindergarten registration is an ongoing process that runs until open house,” Bishop said. “We are just trying to get as many registered on these days so that we can make staffing decisions.”
 
Parents are encouraged to pick up registration paperwork ahead of time at CPS.
 
 
 
To register students for kindergarten, parents/guardians must provide the following documentation: 
 
— Their child’s certified birth certificate. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2021, to be eligible for kindergarten.
— Their child’s Social Security card.
— A certificate of immunization (Form 3231) and a certificate of hearing, vision, dental and nutrition screening (Form 3300) from a family physician or the Bartow County Health Department.
— Two current proofs of city residence, such as a mortgage statement or deed, lease/rental agreement, a current city of Cartersville utility bill or an affidavit of residency.
— A copy of a parent/guardian photo ID.
— Custody papers, if applicable.
 
 
 
School officials will be following COVID-19 protocols during the registration process, which should take eight to 10 minutes “if they have everything filled out,” Bishop said.
 
“We are asking that only one parent attend registration,” she said. “Students are not allowed. Masks are required. Only three individuals will be allowed in the office at one time. Social distancing will be in place as well as sanitizing high-touch areas.”
 
Bishop said CPS may have 320 kindergartners next year “if we compare it to last year.”
 
The out-of-district waiting list for kindergarten will begin Monday, April 12, she added.
 
For more information on pre-K or kindergarten registration, visit https://www.cartersvilleschools.org/cps.