RICHMOND, Va -- School districts throughout the Richmond Metro are having kindergarten registration day on Thursday.
Parents with children who will be at least five years old by September 30th can sign their children up for kindergarten for the 2016-2017 academic year.
The early registration date allows parents the opportunity to gather important paperwork necessary for registration. It also allows them to make appointments with the pediatrician and have their child immunized before the academic year begins.
For parents and the future students alike, the early registration can make all the difference on the first day of school.
"As a parent of a kindergartner, walking in last fall and seeing my son's name there, seeing his face light up, having his teacher welcome him by name because she knew he was coming because I registered last spring, that subsided my anxiety and allowed me to feel much better leaving him there," said Monica Callahan, director of outreach for Smart Beginnings.
Parents should go to the school their child is zoned for to register. They should also bring the following items:
- Child's birth certificate
- Proofs of address
- School entrance health form
- Parent or legal guardian's photo ID
Some districts encourage parents to bring their children as well, so teachers and staff can meet them.
"We encourage parents to bring their children out," said Nicole Henderson, principal at Laburnum Elementary School. "We like to connect with them. We do provide some opportunities to meet the teachers."