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POSTED April 8, 2013 1:27 a.m.

Kindergarten registration in 2014 may start in March.

The move from May to March is being considered tonight when the Ripon Unified School District board meets at 6 p.m. at the Ripon City Council Chambers, 259 Wilma Ave.

The change is designed to give the district more time to plan for the number of classes and teachers. It also lines up with the kindergarten roundup process in neighboring districts.

Ripon Unified School District’s Kindergarten Orientation for this year takes place Tuesday, April 23, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose room at Park View Elementary School.

Topics to be covered at the orientation include district placement and attendance policies, transportation, immunization requirements, and documents required for Kindergarten Registration.

Kindergarten Registration will be held on Tuesday, May 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose room at Park View Elementary School. Children are eligible to begin kindergarten if they will be five years old by Oct. 1, 2013. Also, students who turn five between Oct. 2 and Dec. 2 are placed in the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) class in 2013/2014.  TK registration happens concurrently with kindergarten registration. Prior to registration, forms will be on-line and available for parents to complete and bring with them to registration ( under Enrollment). Forms will also be available for completion at the registration on May 7. All registration forms must be completed and turned in by Friday, May 10, at 4 p.m. Completed registration packets may be turned in at any elementary school office. 

Parents enrolling their child in kindergarten will be given the opportunity to request a school of attendance. Children with siblings already enrolled in the requested school will be enrolled first.  The remainder of the requests will be prioritized by a random drawing. Children will be enrolled in the requested school in the order determined by the drawing until the school’s capacity is reached.  Remaining children will be placed on the transfer list for the requested school by random selection and then assigned to schools below capacity.  Parents who enroll their child after the May 10 deadline, will be given the opportunity to request a school of attendance, and if the requested school has capacity and there is not prioritized list for the requested school, the request will be granted. If there is a prioritized list for the requested school, the child will be placed at the bottom of the priority list and assigned to a school with capacity.

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