On May 5th, Gwinnett County Public Schools is asking parents and guardians of upcoming kindergartners to visit their local school and enroll their children for the 2011-2012 school year. Children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2011 in order to enroll for the upcoming school year.
Registration is taking place before the summer to allow the schools time to organize classes and to let future students take part in local school activities to help them get ready for the first day of school, which will be August 8th.
Here is a list of items parents and guardians are asked to bring to registration on May 5th:
· The student. Schools may offer activities or screenings on
registration day. Parents and guardians should check with their
school for details.
· A copy of the pre-K progress report if the child has attended a state
pre-k program. Parents also can bring the final pre-K assessment to
the teacher when the new school year begins. The information can
serve as a benchmark of the child’s skills and abilities.
· An official document showing proof of birth date. Examples include an
original birth certificate or birth registration, an official state
or federal form with date of birth, or a passport.
· Photo ID. The person enrolling a student should present proper
identification. This identification may include a driver’s license, a
state identification card, a passport, or other official photo
identification, such as an ID card obtained through an official
· Evidence of vision, hearing, and dental exams obtained in the past
year. This information should be on Georgia Form #3300, available
from the health department or a private physician and dentist.
Letters from appropriate healthcare professionals and out-of-state
certificates are acceptable, if completed within the last 12 months
and stapled to the state form.
· A Georgia certificate of immunization. By state law, a valid
certificate of immunization (Form #3231, revised March 2007 or later)
or a notarized statement of religious exemption is required for
enrollment. The certificate of immunization must be completed by the
health department or a private physician. A valid Form #3231 must be
marked with either “Date of Expiration” or as “Complete for School
Attendance.” (A certificate marked with a “Date of Expiration”
expires on the date indicated. A current certificate must be
submitted within 30 days of expiration.) A medical exemption should
be noted on Form #3231 with a current date of expiration. Parents may
request a form from their school for religious exemption.
· Proof of residency in the attendance zone. The school requires proof
of residency, which may be verified by presenting a current utility
bill (excluding telephone bills) with one of the following documents:
- a non-contingent sales contract
- current lease/rental agreement
- most recent income tax return
- current paycheck stub
- current Medicaid card
- current warranty or quick claim deed
- current home purchase agreement
- current homeowner’s insurance policy
- current residential property tax statement or bill
Documents presented for residency verification must include the same
address as the accompanying utility bill.
An exception: A deed without an address is acceptable if accompanied
by two utility bills (excluding telephone bills) with same address in
the attendance zone.
A contingency contract is not acceptable. If the parent lives with a
friend or family member and need information about verifying
residency, they can call their local school.
· The child’s social security number. State law requires that schools
ask for this number at the time of enrollment. Students will be
enrolled, even if the number is not provided. However, parents not
providing a number will be asked to sign a waiver.
GCPS is asking parents and guardians to call their local schools for registration times or visit the "2011 Countdown for Kindergarten" page on the school system's website for more information.