Pre-K reg­is­tra­tion set to be­gin

Early ar­rival not nec­es­sary

The Covington News - - Local News -

Reg­is­tra­tion for New­ton County School Sys­tem’s Ge­or­gia Lot­tery funded Pre-K pro­gram is slated for the week of March 24–28.

Cen­tral­ized reg­is­tra­tion will be held by the dis­trict in the cafe­te­ria of Cousins Com­mu­nity Build­ing at 8134 Geiger Street in Cov­ing­ton.

Reg­is­tra­tion hours vary day to day. On March 24 and 27, reg­is­tra­tion is set for noon to 7 p.m., and on March 25, 26 and 28, reg­is­tra­tion will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The process does not op­er­ate on a first come, first serve ba­sis so early ar­rival is not nec­es­sary. Space is lim­ited, how­ever, to 480 slots for 12 el­e­men­tary schools. Chil­dren will not be placed on the pre-reg­is­tra­tion list un­til all re­quired doc­u­ments are sub­mit­ted.

Once reg­is­tra­tion is con­cluded, all names on the pre-reg­is­tra­tion list will be placed in a lot­tery draw­ing for pos­si­ble se­lec­tion. Only stu­dents with com­pleted reg­is­tra­tion pack­ets as of March 28 at 4 p.m. will be el­i­gi­ble for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the lot­tery process.

En­roll­ment is de­ter­mined by school at­ten­dance zones; there­fore, the first 40 stu­dents drawn from each school’s at­ten­dance zone will be en­rolled in the 2008-2009 Pre-K pro­gram. The re­main­ing names will be placed on a wait­ing list and called if and when spa­ces be­come avail­able.

To qual­ify, chil­dren must be 4 years old on or be­fore Sept. 1. To reg­is­ter a child for the New­ton County Pre-K pro­gram, par­ents should bring a cer­ti­fied birth cer­tifi­cate and two proofs of res­i­dence — proof of res­i­dence must be sup­plied with one item from each of two cat­e­gories, cat­e­gory one — elec­tric, gas or wa­ter bill in the name of the per­son en­rolling the child, and cat­e­gory two — mort­gage con­tract or lease agree­ment.

Tele­phone bills, mort­gage pay­ment books, post of­fice ad­dresses, car li­censes, credit cards and Med­i­caid cards will not be ac­cepted as proof of res­i­dence. If the child does not live with one of both par­ents, guardian­ship or cus­tody doc­u­ments must be pre­sented.

The school sys­tem will be ap­ply­ing to the state for prekinder­garten slots for the new school sched­uled to open this Au­gust. Once in­for­ma­tion from the state is re­ceived and the re­zon­ing process is com­plete, par­ents will be no­ti­fied if their chil­dren will at­tend the new school.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the New­ton County School Sys­tem Pre-K pro­gram call (770) 787-1330 ext. 1268.

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