Parents, did you register your age-appropriate children for kindergarten?

Greenville County Schools reported Wednesday that, based on county statistics, fewer parents than expected have registered their children for kindergarten for the 2017 – 18 school year.

Beth Brotherton, director of communications for Greenville County Schools, said the kindergarten registration deadline has already passed.

"Based on local birthrates and our projections, it appears that many of the folks who should have registered a child, did not," she said via email. "We need accurate numbers for principals to hire teachers and begin planning for the 2017-2018 school year.  Also, there are many spring events that incoming kindergarteners are invited to attend and will miss if they are not registered."

The district is encouraging parents to enroll their eligible children as soon as possible.

All children who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2017, must enroll in public or private kindergarten unless their parent or legal guardian submits a waiver, according to the Greenville County Schools website.

To enroll a new student in kindergarten, parents must register at schools by providing a state-issued birth certificate, properly completed immunization certificate or religious exemption certificate — which are available from the health department — and two forms of proof of residence, such as a utility bill or lease agreement. These items should accompany the Greenville County Schools enrollment and primary language forms available online or at area schools.

For your child’s school assignment and other information, visit the Kindergarten Registration website or call INFOLine at 864-355-3100.

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