Kindergarten Registration

  • The Garrett County Public Schools announced that the annual comprehensive 2022-2023 Kindergarten registration program will begin on February 14, 2022. This program is for all children entering kindergarten for the first time in August 2022. Children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2022, are required to register for kindergarten. Those children who are not 5 years old by September 1, 2022, are not eligible for kindergarten registration through this program.

    The kindergarten registration program will be held at all elementary schools during the month of May. The school's nurse will meet with parents/guardians to review your child's confidential health status, immunizations, lead screenings, and entry to school physical requirements. They will also provide information on the use of health rooms, medication at school, and any other questions you may have. Parents must register any child who will be five (5) years old by September 1, 2022. The law allows exemptions to the school attendance requirements as follows:
    • Permits compliance with the home school instruction regulation
    • Grants a one-year immaturity if the parent or guardian makes a written request to the local school system
    • It allows a 5-year-old to be enrolled in one of three alternative program settings: a full-time licensed child care center, a full-time registered family day care home, or part-time in a Head Start 5-year-old program.
    Parents who choose to use one of the exemptions from the required 5-year-old attendance must request the appropriate exemption form from the Elementary Education Department at 301-334-8927.
    In order to enroll, Maryland State regulations require parents to provide:
    • Evidence of birth (the child's birth certificate)
    • An official immunization record, including documentation of lead testing
    • Documented proof of current residency
      • Documents accepted by the State of Maryland as proof of residency include:
        • Deed/Mortgage Agreement
        • Current property tax bill
        • Current rental lease or agreement
        • Current utility bill with applicant’s name and address (cell phone bills are no longer considered a valid utility bill)
    In addition, parents must complete an Affidavit of Disclosure to verify the residency of the child.
    Beginning February 14, 2022, 8:00 am*, parents of children who meet the above qualifications are asked to fill out an online application (electronic form). Parents may also obtain a paper application (paper form) at a local elementary school, or at the Garrett County Board of Education building. Paper applications will need to be mailed to:
    Your Local School or
    Garrett County Public Schools
    Attn: Elementary Education
    40 South Second Street
    Oakland, MD 21550
    Prior to May 15, 2022, all parents registering children for school will receive a registration appointment. Registration for kindergarten is to occur at the school for the assigned district in which the child resides. If a parent has questions regarding the district in which they reside, they should contact the Transportation Department at 301-334-8907. Per Policy and Procedure JCB, all out-of-area requests should be submitted by June 15th, and the request will be acted upon by July 1st. Both initial and renewal requests are to be submitted annually.
    *In case of an inclement weather day on February 14, applications will be accepted the next day when schools are in session. In the event of a 2-hour delay, applications will be accepted beginning at 10:00 am.