Kindergarten registration starts soon

Kindergarten registration will be Feb. 22 to March 1 this year.

Registration times are: Branchville, Feb. 22 and Feb. 25 (morning only); Barlow Mountain, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 (afternoon only); Farmingville, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 (afternoon only); Ridgebury, Feb. 28 and March 1 (morning only); Scotland, Feb. 26 and Feb. 27 (morning only); Veterans Park, Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 (afternoon only).

All children who reach the age of 5 on or before Jan 1, 2014, are eligible for kindergarten. Under state law the mandatory age for children to start school is 5. Parents who choose to exempt children from kindergarten may do so, but must meet with the local school principal and complete exemption papers.

New kindergartners must have a complete physical examination within one year of entry and proof of immunization.

Connecticut health forms come in the registration packets provided to parents by the elementary schools.

Parents should bring to their registration interviews:

  • The child’s original birth certificate or other legal proof of age.
  • Proof of residency in Ridgefield, such as a deed or utility bill.
  • Proof of immunizations, signed and stamped by a physician with specific dates (month, day, year), for polio (IPV or OPV), measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Haemophilus influenzae type b (HIB), hepatitis B and diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP) and chicken pox (Varivax). Any other pertinent health information should be provided on the Student Medical History form.

Elementary schools send packets to incoming kindergarten parents they know of, but parents of kindergarten-age children who haven’t received packets should telephone their neighborhood school to make a registration appointment.

Kindergarten orientation will be in May.

The school phone numbers are: Barlow Mountain, 894-7700; Branchville, 544-7980; Farmingville, 431-2830; Ridgebury, 438-6555; Scotland, 438-6563; Veterans Park, 438-6571.

Ridgefield also offers preschool services for children with special education needs who will turn 3 during the coming school year. Call 203-431-2800, ext. 2020 for information.

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