Feb. 1, 2017
Families with four- and five-year-olds who will attend kindergarten in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) next school year should participate in the school district’s Round-Up set for Feb. 16.
“As we make plans for next school year, getting a handle on how many students we will have in kindergarten is critical so that we can be prepared with adequate teachers and resources,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan. “I encourage our new kindergarten families to go ahead and take care of the online paperwork as soon as possible.”
Morgan said that families can visit the school district’s website at www.kcsdschools.net/roundup to complete their paperwork online.
Current students in KCSD’s four-year-old and five-year-old kindergarten classes do not need to participate in the district’s Round-Up program as KCSD already has their information.
In addition to new kindergarten students, the district also will be signing up students on Feb. 16 who will be in the first grade in 2017-18 and are not currently enrolled in district schools.
Kershaw County School Board policy requires parents to bring the following documents to enroll a student for the first time: a copy of the child's birth certificate, the child’s South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, a parent/guardian’s valid South Carolina ID such as a driver’s license, a tax document with the current and correct address, a check stub with the current and correct address, and either a mortgage or lease agreement or legally notarized documentation from the landlord.
Parents should register five-year-old kindergarten and first grade students at the school sites for which their residences are zoned; four-year-old kindergarten students should be registered at the school closest to their residence where the program is offered.
To be eligible for the four-year-old program, students must be four years old on or before September 1, 2017. Students applying for the four-year-old program must take an admissions test that is given at a later date. Four-year-old child development programs are tentatively scheduled for Baron DeKalb Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Midway Elementary, Pine Tree Hill Elementary and Wateree Elementary, although programs are subject to discontinuation in the event of funding shortages.
To enroll in five-year-old kindergarten programs, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017, and not currently enrolled in KCSD four-year-old kindergarten. All elementary schools have five-year-old kindergarten programs.
To enroll for first grade, a student must be six years old on or before Sept. 1, 2017, and not currently enrolled in the KCSD five-year-old kindergarten. All elementary schools have first grade programs.
Round-Up times on Thursday, Feb. 16 are as follows:
Parents do not have to bring their children to the Kindergarten Round-Up, but are welcome to do so.
All KCSD students—those who participate in the Round-Up and those who do not—will attend the district’s summer registration July 26-27. More information on the July registration will be available this summer.