2020-21 Kindergarten RegistrationAppointments are being scheduled from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for the following dates:
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 Thursday, February 27, 2020 Thursday, March 12, 2020 Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Thursday, February 20, 2020 Thursday, March 5, 2020Parents with Students Enrolled in Pre-K or on the Pre-K Waiting List
Parents who have students either currently enrolled in Pre-K or on the Pre-K Waiting List and wish to register for Kindergarten need to contact their zoned schools to determine if any required documents - such as Proof of Residency, Immunizations, or EED - are missing and need to be provided. You do not need to visit Central Registration to complete any enrollment requirements. Schools that conduct Kindergarten Readiness will contact the parent to schedule an appointment only after enrollment has been confirmed. Not all schools provide readiness screening, so please be sure to review our Special Instructions for Kindergarten Readiness.
If your child is not currently attending a Pre-K program based in one of our schools or on our Pre-K Waiting List, you must follow the standard procedures for Kindergarten registration outlined below.Process for registering upcoming Kindergarten studentsThe process for registering upcoming Kindergarten students is a 2-step process. You will first complete paperwork and documentation submission requirements at the Central Registration Center in Springfield, and then schedule an appointment with the assigned elementary school for Kindergarten Readiness and Speech screening. Your child will not be registered for Kindergarten until both steps are completed.NOTE: These procedures only apply to first-time Kindergarten students not currently participating in an Effingham County BOE Pre-K program or site-based Effingham County BOE Preschool Intervention program. Students participating in a community-based Effingham County BOE Preschool Intervention program are required to register for Kindergarten at the Central Registration Center.
Please view our Special Instructions for Kindergarten Readiness if your child is already registered in a Pre-K program or a site-based Preschool Intervention program, OR if you intend to request that your child attend a non-zoned school under HB251 or the Special Needs Scholarship Program (SB10) for the 2020-21 school year.
Step 1: Central Registration
- Complete an online application by visiting the Central Registration Center website. Be sure to choose "20-21 (Next) Year" for the Registration Year to begin your Kindergarten application.
Create a registration appointment by visiting our appointments website and selecting the 2020-21 Kindergarten Pre-Registration link from the Appointment Locator drop-down to begin setting up your registration. You must scroll to the February/March calendars to locate available appointments.
If your child's immunizations are not current or were last issued in another state, call to schedule an appointment with your child's health care provider or the Effingham County Health Department. Be sure to call for immunization appointments at least 2-3 weeks in advance to ensure that your child's immunizations are received prior to your registration appointment.
All first-time Kindergarten students are required to have a Certificate of Ear, Eye, Dental, and Nutritional Screening. You may choose to have your child's health care provider conduct this exam, or the exam may also be completed at the Effingham County Health Department. The Health Department charges $30 for this exam. Please note that many physicians will not complete the dental portion of the screening, requiring an additional dental appointment, whereas the Health Department will complete the entire exam including the dental portion.
Proceed to the Central Registration Center on the day of your appointment. You are NOT required to bring your child with you to the Central Registration Center.
Effingham County Board of Education
Central Registration Center
306 North Ash Street
Springfield, GA 31329(Directly across from BOE Central Offices)
Be sure to bring all items listed below and any forms you completed in advance.
• Proof of Residency: (Proof must be less than 30 days old)• Homeowners: Landline telephone, electric, or other utility bill that includes the physical address of the residence as the service address of the utility.• Renters: Telephone, electric or other utility bill that includes the physical address of the residence as the service address of the utility.~ OR ~
Current: Rent receipt and rental agreement that is inclusive of all utilitiesNote: Cell phone bills will not be accepted as valid proof of residence.• Certified copy of student's original birth certificate or other acceptable evidence of age as specified in Effingham County Board of Education Policy JBC: School Admissions. (The state of Georgia requires that students must be 5 years old on or before 9/1/2020 to enroll in kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year.)• A copy of the enrolling student's social security card. (Parent may elect to sign a form at the time of registration stating the individual does not wish to provide the social security number, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-150.)• Completed Georgia Immunization Form and EEDN (Eye, Ear, Dental & Nutritional) Form.• Permanent custody papers through the court if student lives with anyone other than the natural parents.• Any court orders that prevent or limit access of a parent to the child or the child's educational records.• Any restraining orders or other legal documents specifically limiting the access of any individual to the student(s) being enrolled.• Picture ID of parent or legal guardian registering child.• If the family is living in the household with someone else, you must submit a notarized 'Family Residency Affidavit' stating that the parent and child(ren) live in the house with them, along with valid proof of residency. Both the parent/legal guardian and the person the family is living with should come to the Center at the time of registration to have this statement notarized.• Documentation of any health concerns or allergies of which the school should be aware.
In order to complete the necessary enrollment papers, please have the following information with you when you arrive at the Central Registration Center:• Student / Parent Phone Numbers, Addresses, and E-Mail Addresses (if applicable)• Emergency Contact Phone Numbers• Physician Name & Phone Number
Step 2: Kindergarten Readiness Screening
Kindergarten Readiness Special InstructionsFor children already enrolled in Effingham County Schools Pre-K or Preschool Intervention ProgramsBright From the Start Pre-Kindergarten: If your child is enrolled in a lottery funded Bright From the Start Pre-Kindergarten classroom that is housed at an Effingham public school site, your child's enrollment will automatically roll forward to Kindergarten at your zoned elementary school. Kindergarten Readiness screenings will occur during the school day in Spring 2020. Please note that if your child is attending a Bright From the Start Pre-Kindergarten classroom that is housed at a private day care, you will need to complete all registration processes.School-Based Preschool Intervention Programs: If you are the parent of a preschool child who has a disability and is being served in a Preschool Intervention classroom at a school site, your child's enrollment will automatically roll forward to Kindergarten, if your child meets age and IEP requirements to be promoted to Kindergarten. You do not need to visit Central Registration to complete any enrollment documentation requirements. Kindergarten Readiness screenings will occur during the school day in Spring 2020.Community-Based Preschool Intervention Programs: If you are the parent of a preschool child who has a disability and is being served by Effingham County Board of Education Preschool Intervention staff at an alternate location (private day care, home, public library, etc.), you will need to visit Central Registration to complete the Kindergarten registration process.Kindergarten Registration and School ChoicePlease visit the School Choice page for more information concering application dates and closed schools. Applications for School Choice for upcoming Kindergarten students will not be accepted if the student hasn't been registered or scheduled an appointment for Kindergarten registration. All Kindergarten Readiness screenings will occur at the school for which your residence is zoned.
After you have completed the Central Registration process, you will need to call the elementary school in which your residence is zoned to schedule an appointment for Kindergarten Readiness screening. Please do NOT attempt to call the school until the Central Registration process has been completed. The following schools will be conducting Kindergarten Readiness Screening:
Blandford Elementary Rincon Elementary Ebenezer Elementary (until the end of May 2020) Sandhill Elementary Marlow Elementary (More schools may be added)
Proceed to the school with your child at the assigned appointment time.