Application dates have been announced for parents wishing to apply for the St. Tammany Parish Public School System Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2013-2014 School Year.
Several schools have been designated to provide information and assistance to parents for a number of schools in their area. Parents should first check which school is handling the registration for the school their child would attend and make arrangements to visit that location on the appropriate date.
On Friday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Little Pearl Elementary School in Pearl River will be providing pre-kindergarten application information for the following schools: Alton Elementary, Cypress Cove Elementary, Little Pearl Elementary, Sixth Ward Elementary, and Whispering Forest Elementary.
On Tuesday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Bayou Woods Elementary School west of Slidell will provide pre-kindergarten information for the following schools: Abney Early Childhood Center, Bayou Woods Elementary, Bonne Ecole Elementary, Brock Elementary, Florida Avenue Elementary, and Mayfield Elementary.
On Wednesday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Lyon Elementary in Covington will be the site providing Pre-K information for the following schools: Covington Elementary, Fifth Ward Junior High, Folsom Elementary, Lee Road Junior High, Lyon Elementary, and Madisonville Elementary.
On Thursday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pre-kindergarten information will be available to parents at Treen Technology Center in Mandeville for the following schools: Abita Springs Elementary, Chahta-Ima Elementary, Mandeville Elementary, Marigny Elementary, Pontchartrain Elementary, and Woodlake Elementary.
Pre-Kindergarten Registration Requirements
To qualify for any regular education Pre-Kindergarten class, a child must meet the following criteria: (1) Has reached four (4) years of age (48 months) before October 1, 2013, (2) Resides within the attendance area served by the school site and (3) Has a family who agrees to participate in activities associated with the program and who will sign a contract stating that agreement.
In addition to the other documents required for registration, Pre-Kindergarten applicants must provide income verification- using at least one of the following documents: Food Stamp Card, TANF eligibility, McKinney-Vento eligibility, most current W-2 form or two (2) most recent pay stubs.
Other criteria must be met for some Pre-Kindergarten programs. For specific information about student eligibility, placement or the screening process call the St. Tammany Parish Pre-Kindergarten office at 985-863-1434, 985-863-2948 or 985-898-3262. Families who do not meet income eligibility may be charged $500 tuition per month to attend a Pre-Kindergarten class if space is available.
The following items are required for student registration: (1) State Certified Birth Certificate, (2) Social Security Card, (3) Health Record of Required Immunization, (4) Proof of Residency, (5) Report Card/Records from last School/LEAP results (for in-state transfer), (6) Assignment Letter (if applicable) and (7) Custody Papers (if applicable).
State Certified Birth Certificate- For those who do not have a birth certificate, you may contact the St. Tammany Parish School Board Annex in your area for information on how to obtain one. Contact the Covington Annex at 985-898-3370 or the Slidell Annex at 985-646-4917.
Social Security Card - The Social Security number serves as the student’s identification number on all records. The Social Security number written on a piece of paper cannot be accepted.
Health Record - State Law requires that all children attending school in the State of Louisiana have the following immunizations. This requirement includes students in the Title 1 four-year-old program and in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Included are students who are coming into the St. Tammany Parish Public School System from another parish, state or nonpublic school.
(1) DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis or Whooping Cough) – A minimum of four (4) doses is required. The last DTP or a booster is to be given after the fourth birthday.
(2) Polio – A minimum of three (3) doses is required. The last polio or booster is to be given after the fourth birthday.
(3) MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) - One (1) dose is required at twelve to fifteen months of age. A second MMR is required before entry to school.
(4) Hepatitis B – Three (3) doses are required for first time enrollees into Louisiana public schools.
(5) HIB – Four (4) doses or proof of at least one dose after fifteen (15) months of age are required for pre-kindergarten and noncategorical students to enter school.
(6) Varicella (Chickenpox) – Two (2) doses or a history of the disease is required for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades.
(7) MCV4 (Meningococcal Conjugate) – Required for all students eleven (11) years old. These students must also have proof of booster doses of Tdap and Chickenpox.
Dates of the above required immunizations must be recorded on an official immunization form and presented to the school at the time of registration. Contact the Covington Community Wellness Center at 985-871-6030 or the Greater New Orleans (GNO) Immunization Network Mobile Unit at 504-733-3268 for immunization information.
The immunization policy of the St. Tammany Parish School Board dictates that no child be allowed to enter school without proof of immunizations.
Proof of Residency - Proof of residency must be established using at least three of the documents listed below. All documents must be the most current and dated within 30 days. Documents that are suspect or inconclusive may be disallowed and additional documentation may be required.
Documentation may consist of a current utility bill (butane, electric, gas, water, cable or satellite), the current year W-2 form, the most recent federal or state income tax return, a vehicle insurance print-out from the parent’s or legal guardian’s insurance company, a signed residential building contract, a signed real estate lease agreement or signed mortgage loan documentation.
All documents must show the name of the parent or legal guardian, the street or road address of residence or the utility service address (if using utility bills).
Lease agreements must show street or road location and must be from a real estate office, apartment complex or mobile home property, not from an individual.
U. S. Post Office box numbers, printed checks or drivers’ licenses are NOT considered proof of residency.
Custody Papers - Parents or guardians granted custodial rights of a student must present at registration the custody papers granted through a court system.