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Kindergarten registration starts April 7 for MUSD
Registration for both transitional kindergarten and kindergarten will begin next month for all eight Turlock Unified elementary school campuses (Photo contributed).

Increased classroom and campus safeguards to counter COVID-19 concerns are expected to counter a 10 percent drop in transitional kindergarten and kindergarten enrollment in Manteca Unified schools.

Enrollment in the programs was at 1,725 at the start of the current school year. That was down 10 percent from the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year when there were 1,921 transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students.

Before the pandemic hit, enrollment at the two levels had been steadily increasing. It was at 1,848 at the start of the 20182019 school year.

School officials attribute the drop to concerns parents may have had with COVID or the fact it was 100 percent distance learning at the start of the school year before a switch to the current hybrid learning model.

Given there were 700 plus new homes sold in Manteca and the portion of Lathrop within the school district last year would point to parental concerns with safety and the ability of their young children to benefit from online learning given the increase in households.

It is against that backdrop the district will begin registering students for kindergarten and transitional kindergarten on April 7.

To be eligible for kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year, a child must turn5 years of age on or before Sept.  1, 2021. If a child turns 5cbetween Sept.  2 and Dec. 2, 2021, they are eligible for an optional transitional kindergarten program.

The registration process involves two steps:

*Parents/guardians should pre-enroll their child(ren) online by visiting and following the steps for each child registrant. The registration requirements are different depending on if a student is new to MUSD or enrolling from a current Transitional Kindergarten program.

*Following pre-enrollment, attendance clerks will schedule an in-person appointment to meet with parents/guardians and verify the required documents needed for enrollment. A list of all required documents will be noted in the steps for pre-enrollment.

For questions, contact the Manteca Unified District Office at 209-825-3200 or the child’s school of residence.