North Branford Announces Kindergarten Registration

NORTH BRANFORD - The 2013-'14 school year may have just tipped into 2014, but parents of next year's crop of North Branford public school kindergarteners should know enrollment time is almost here.

As of press time, Branford Public Schools had not yet announced its kindergarten registration date(s).

Last week, North Branford Superintendent of Schools Scott Schoonmaker announced kindergarten registration for the 2014-'15 school year will take place during three time periods on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Jerome Harrison Elementary School, 335 Foxon Road. Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m., and 5:30 to 7 p.m.

North Branford has full-day kindergarten and holds all classes at Jerome Harrison Elementary School. The school currently has seven full-time kindergarten teachers and kindergarten classrooms have a full-time paraprofessional to raise the adult-to-student ratio.

Residents intending to register their child should get a registration packet in advance, which should then be completed and brought to the registration event on Feb. 5. To receive a packet, call 203-484-1235. It's also important to note that the child doesn't need to be present at the time of registration. Residents with specific concerns about their preschool child's development are encouraged to call 203-484-1235 for further information.

Children registered to enter kindergarten for the 2014-'15 school year must be five years old on or before Jan. 1, 2015. North Branford residents must also provide the child's birth record or legal proof of birth and proof of residency (parent/guardian's home utility bill and/or voter registration form). Prior to the first day of kindergarten, each incoming student must have a 2014 physical exam, with a health assessment record (provided by the school) completed by the physician and parent, which must be filed with the school prior to the first day of kindergarten.

In the event of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, kindergarten day and evening registration will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the same times noted above.

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