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CONTACT PERSON:                
Dr. Mark R. Jones
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
Pittsylvania County Schools
(434) 432-2761, 793-1624 or 656-6248

DATE: 
                                   
March 5, 2007

PRE-SCHOOL REGISTRATION

FOR KINDERGARTEN AND

FOUR-YEAR OLD PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Pre-school registration for Pittsylvania County Schools will be held at each school which houses a kindergarten program and a four-year old pre-school program on Friday, March 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is not necessary that the child be present for registration.

The parent/legal guardian of any child who is eligible to enroll in kindergarten and who has not been previously registered in a Pittsylvania County school is urged to attend the pre-school registration in the school in which the child will be enrolled. The child must be five (5) years old on or before September 30, 2007.

Pre-school registration for Title I Four-Year-Old programs at Mt. Airy and Union Hall Elementary Schools and the Virginia Preschool Initiative Programs for At-Risk Four-Year-Olds at Brosville, Chatham, Gretna, Hurt, Kentuck, Southside, Stony Mill and Twin Springs Elementary Schools will be held at the respective schools. The parent/legal guardian may apply for enrollment for their child at the school within the zone their child should attend. The child must be four years old on or before September 30, 2007. Information regarding the eligibility and selection criteria for the four-year-old programs will be available at the schools. If selected to be enrolled in the respective programs, notification will be made in writing.

State law requires that before any child is admitted to kindergarten for the first time (including those who currently enrolled in a preschool or four-year old program), he/she must have a comprehensive physical examination. Forms will be provided at the time of registration for the certification of the physical examination and immunizations (Form MCH 213E – printed on blue paper). This examination must be dated and signed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant no earlier than twelve months prior to the date he/she is to enter kindergarten. The child must be successfully immunized against the following communicable diseases: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Poliomyelitis, Rubeola (Red Measles), Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), Hepatitis B (HBV) and Chicken Pox (or a physician’s statement that the student has had chicken pox).  The physical examination must also include results of a hemoglobin or hematocrit (for iron deficiency anemia) test, a urinalysis and lead screen testing (for at-risk children 6 & under).

Children who have been accepted into a four-year old program must also comply with physical examination requirements prior to entering school. Immunizations must be age-appropriate.

Parents/legal guardians are urged to make an appointment for the physical examination and the immunizations as soon after pre-school registration as possible.  Pre-school examinations through the Pittsylvania/Danville Health Department and area physicians are available by appointment. Appointments are difficult to get during late summer. Immediately after your child’s physical examination, take or mail the completed form to the school where your child is registered. Children will not be allowed to enter school without having the physical examination and required immunizations.

Each child enrolling in school for the first time must have a birth certificate and a social security number. The birth certificate and the social security card should be presented at the school on the day of registration. If the child does not have a birth certificate or a social security card, the school principal will advise the parents/legal guardians concerning procedures for securing these documents. Proof of residency must be submitted to the school by July 15, 2007. Information relative to the documents acceptable to prove residency may be obtained from the school.

Parents/legal guardians are urged to contact the local school principal if they have any questions concerning requirements for pre-school registration.  (FLYER)

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