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What parents need to know about kindergarten registration

Welcome Class of 2029! Kindergarten registration for Union County Public Schools will run Feb. 8-12. Parents should register their child at the elementary school located in their attendance area.

Kindergarten Registration “Entering kindergarten is an exciting time for children and families because it marks the beginning of a new and exciting phase of a child's life,” said Dr. Cindy Croffut, director of elementary education. “In preparation for kindergarten, parents can be a great support as they work with their child at home to establish routines, create independence, and build excitement about school.”

To enroll in kindergarten in North Carolina, eligible children must have reached their fifth birthday on or before Aug. 31 (of the year of entrance). Parents should bring copies of their child’s birth certificate, immunization record, two proofs of residence and the Kindergarten Health Assessment Form before the first day of school. Items that qualify for proof of residence are: a notarized rental agreement or purchase agreement on a residence; a utility bill such as telephone, gas or electricity, that list the correct name and address; a driver’s license and automobile registration; an automobile insurance policy; a property insurance policy; an income tax W-2 form; or a property tax bill.
 
In addition, according to the North Carolina state law, all children entering kindergarten must present documented evidence of having received immunizations and physical examinations before attending school. Parents must have their doctor or the health department complete the Kindergarten Health Assessment (KHA) Report, which can be picked up from any elementary school. An up-to-date certificate of immunizations must also be submitted to the school.
 
Immunizations needed are as follows:
 
• DTaP/DT vaccine - five doses (if the fourth dose was given on or after their fourth birthday, the fifth dose is not required)
• Polio IPV vaccine - four doses (if the third dose was given on or after the fourth birthday, the fourth dose is not required)
• MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) - two doses (first dose on or after their first birthday; second dose before school entry)
• Hepatitis B vaccine - three doses (third dose must be after child is 6 months old) HIB - at least one dose on/after 15 months of age (not required after age 5)
• Varicella (Chicken Pox) - two doses (required for children entering Kindergarten after July 1, 2015)
 
If parents have questions about kindergarten registration, they should contact the school located in their attendance area. For information about open house visits, parents are encouraged to check school web sites or call the main office for details.

Click here to view the 2016 Kindergarten handbook.