En­roll chil­dren in kinder­garten early

State DOE re­mind­ing par­ents to pre­pare for next school year

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY -

In prepa­ra­tion for the start of the 2018-19 pub­lic school year Aug. 6, the state Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion re­minds par­ents to plan ahead and en­roll their chil­dren in kinder­garten early.

Kinder­garten is manda­tory in the state of Hawaii. Chil­dren must be 5 years old on or be­fore July 31 to en­ter kinder­garten in the up­com­ing school year. For ex­am­ple, chil­dren who are 5 years old by July 31, 2018, can en­roll for the 2018-19 school year. Chil­dren who turn 5 on Aug. 1 or later must en­roll in the fol­low­ing school year.

“Kinder­garten gives our keiki a solid start to­ward be­com­ing en­gaged learn­ers through­out their school years and lives ahead,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent Christina Kishi­moto. “We want our par­ents to be in­volved, be­come fa­mil­iar with en­roll­ment re­quire­ments and sign up early.”

The main kinder­garten reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod is Feb. 1-16 to al­low schools the time to process reg­is­tra­tion forms be­fore the March 1 ge­o­graphic ex­cep­tion dead­line. Kinder­garten reg­is­tra­tion will con­tinue through­out the school year as needed. Par­ents whose chil­dren at­tended kinder­garten out­side of Hawaii or at a pri­vate school in the 2016-17 school year can dis­cuss en­roll­ment op­tions with their home school. With many pos­si­ble place­ment sce­nar­ios, the fi­nal de­ci­sion for a child’s place­ment will be based on the prin­ci­pal’s dis­cus­sions with par­ents and the ap­pro­pri­ate teach­ing staff. For more in­for­ma­tion about en­rolling in kinder­garten, visit www. hawai­ipublic­schools.org. Par­ents also should visit the En­rolling in School page to be sure they have the nec­es­sary doc­u­ments to en­roll their child, in­clud­ing birth cer­tifi­cate, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis clear­ance, a com­pleted stu­dent health record and proof of cur­rent ad­dress.

Par­ents of chil­dren younger than the manda­tory kinder­garten age have sev­eral ed­u­ca­tional op­tions, such as preschool at a pri­vate provider or prekinder­garten classes avail­able at 19 se­lect schools statewide. Visit the DOE’s Early Learn­ing web­page for more de­tails.

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