Children who will be five years old by September 1 need to preregister for kindergarten for the 2017/18 school year. Preregistration will be 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 pm., Friday, April 7 at all elementary schools (except Sunrise Elementary which does not have kindergarten-aged students). Janet Candelaria, LCPS elementary instruction director, said enrollment into school is based on a child’s age.
“A child must be five years old before 12:01 a.m. on September 1 in order to enter kindergarten,” Candelaria said. “The law is very specific and although some families believe their four-year-olds may be academically prepared for kindergarten, we cannot accept them until they reach the legal age.”
Parents need to bring several items in order to complete the preregistration process, including proof of their child’s date of birth, such as a birth certificate, passport/visa or a state-certified document. No photocopies will be accepted, officials said. In addition, parents must bring current immunization records, the child’s social security card (which is optional) and proof of their home address and residence. This could be through a current property tax bill, utility bill, a renter’s lease agreement.
“If a parent cannot attend the April 7 preregistration, they can register just before the new school year begins in early August,” Candelaria said.
When registering, parents can also sign up for school bus transportation if the child’s home is one mile or more, one way only, from the assigned school. More information about bus ridership and rules can be found online at www.lcps.k12.nm.us/departments/operations/transportation/.
This year, parents will also receive a flyer in English and Spanish that has valuable information about what kindergarten children are expected to learn in math and language arts by the end of their first year, Candelaria added. Parents who need information about kindergarten can contact Candelaria at 527-6011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Jo Galvan, chief communications officer, email@example.com, 575.527.5811