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Kickoff to Kindergarten

Jackson County Public Schools will hold the annual Kick-Off to Kindergarten on Monday, March 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Sylva Comfort Inn. Children who turn five years old on or before August 31st are eligible to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year.

Jackson County Public Schools will hold the annual Kick-Off to Kindergarten on Monday, March 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Sylva Comfort Inn. Children who turn five years old on or before August 31st are eligible to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year.

Director of Elementary Education Laura Dills said Kickoff to Kindergarten is a time for parents to get connected and start the registration process.

"It's a great day to come and meet the current Kindergarten staff," said Dills. "It will be the first time you can get Kindergarten registration materials, and we also have some community partners who come with family resource opportunities."

Parents are encouraged to bring any of their children who will be entering Kindergarten.

"We try to make it a very child-friendly environment," said Dills. "We have tables where parents can start working on registration packets while their child goes through a series of stations with developmentally appropriate activities that they will experience in Kindergarten."

The event also gives the district an idea of how many students will be registering for the coming year.

"Funding for our teaching positions comes from the state on a per-pupil basis," said Dills. "So, it's very important that we have a good estimate of how many students we will be receiving. The sooner we have that information, the sooner we can make decisions about hiring."

Parents who attend Kickoff to Kindergarten should bring their child's birth certificate or a copy of the birth certificate. They should also bring a document such as a power bill or phone bill with an address for proof of residency. The address helps to determine which school the child will attend.

Incoming students also need immunizations, but those are not required at the time of registration. Parents will receive a health assessment form to be completed by a healthcare provider.

Dills strongly encourages parents to take advantage of this opportunity to get a head start on the upcoming school year. "Kindergarten is a really important time for children," said Dills. "So, it's very important that you get them registered and get the information you need."

Anyone with questions about the event can contact Laura Dills by email at ldills@jcpsmail.org or by phone at (828) 586-2311 ext. 1950.