Online registration for kindergarten opens this month

The Warren County School District is asking parents of children who will enter kindergarten in the 2021-22 school year to sign up.

Online registration is open this month by visiting the district’s website — www.wcsdpa.org — and clicking on Kindergarten Registration.

“Typically, the WCSD holds Kindergarten Registration in January, however, due to COVID the district chose to roll out the new online registration process in February,” Supervisor of Elementary Education Lynn Shultz said. “The new online registration process allows parents to register their children from home. Parents can even use their Smartphone.”

In order to enroll, the child must turn five years old on or before July 1, 2021. No early admission is allowed.

During registration, the family must provide supporting documents including: child’s state issued birth certificate; parent’s proof of residency (child’s primary residence) such as a utility bill, tax bill, mortgage bill, driver’s license, or state issued ID card; and child’s immunization record.

Those documents must be uploaded during online registration or submitted to the district office — Student Registration Office, 6820 Market St., Russell, PA, 16354, or by taking them to the child’s home school.

While on the district website, parents may view informational videos including a registration overview, transportation, nursing, nutrition, Title I, and elementary schools.

Those who do not have access to the internet may schedule an appointment to complete registration at the central office by calling (814) 723-6900 ext. 1027.

Registering helps the district prepare for the school year.

“Early registration is important because the administrative team needs to plan for staffing,” Shultz said. “Staffing decisions may include how many teachers will be needed in each grade level and/or to what grade level or subject each elementary teacher will be assigned.”

It’s also good for the student and the family.

“Parents and children like to know ahead of time who their teacher will be in the fall,” she said. “If there is an influx of late registrations, it can have a domino effect on staffing and impact the entire master schedule and teacher assignments of the building.”

“For parents, having registration done early allows them time to gather any required documents they may have missed and get them submitted prior to the start of the year,” she said. “Many parents feel grateful to have the opportunity to register prior to the start of busy summertime schedules.”


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