FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. When can children begin kindergarten? State guidelines dictate that a child who is five years old on or before September 30 of the upcoming school year should enroll in kindergarten.
2. How do I register my child for kindergarten? Thursday, April 16, 2015 (8:00-4:00) is the established day for 2015-16 kindergarten registration across our region of the Commonwealth. Families should plan to register at the elementary school whose attendance zone corresponds to their home address. (Please contact the division transportation department at 556-5361 with individual questions regarding elementary school attendance zones.) Even if families do not have all of the required documents, they should plan to register on April 16 in order to begin the enrollment process.
3. What do I need to register my child for kindergarten? TWO of the following documents are required: Proof of residency documents such as: • tax returns • voter registration card • recent payroll stub with physical address • automobile registration • utility bill (other than cell phone)/deposit receipt
Families will also need to bring the following documents that are required before a child may begin school in the fall: • a certified birth certificate for the child, or, for non-U.S. citizens, other substantiating documentation such as a passport or an I – 94 form • the child’s social security card • a copy of a comprehensive physical examination by a qualified, licensed physician within 12 months prior to the date the child begins school • evidence of immunizations as required by Virginia law.
4. My child will be five by September 30, 2015, but is not yet ready for kindergarten. Do I have to enroll my child this school year? No. Your child’s enrollment may be delayed for one year; however, you should notify the Superintendent in writing of your plans to delay kindergarten registration for one year.
5. My child just misses the deadline for enrollment in kindergarten by a few days. Is there a waiver of the age requirement? No. Goochland County Public Schools does not offer a waiver of the age requirement.
6. Will my child attend a half-day or full-day kindergarten program? Goochland County Public Schools operates a full-day kindergarten program.
7. I am separated from my spouse and I don’t want him/her to visit or pick up my child. Will you make sure that doesn’t happen? Anyone other than the natural parent of a child must provide legal guardianship papers when enrolling a child in school. If your spouse is the natural parent of your child and you do not have legal papers showing court ordered arrangements, we must, by law, allow the parent to see the child. It is the responsibility of the parent(s) to provide the school with appropriate legal documents.
8. When is the first day of kindergarten and when will we learn who our kindergarten teacher is? The first day of the 2015-16 school year is Monday, August 24. You will receive a letter in the mail in August from your child’s school stating your child’s teacher assignment.
9. How will I know where and when to wait for the school bus? You will receive your child’s transportation information from the transportation department. This letter will contain your child’s bus driver’s name, bus number, telephone number, bus stop times and location. A responsible adult should be there with your child at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive in the morning and the afternoon. An adult should be at the bus stop until your child reaches fourth grade.
10. Is there an orientation specifically for families of incoming kindergarten students? Yes. Each of our three elementary schools will host a Kindergarten Orientation for families. This event is an opportunity to hear from school administration about day-to-day school operations and kindergarten programming. It’s also an opportunity for kindergarteners to meet their teachers and visit their classrooms. Kindergarten Orientation is typically held on the Thursday before the first day of the new school year.
11. Where may I obtain more information? http://www.doe.virginia.gov/students_parents/student_enrollment.shtml
The GCPS Fine Arts Team hosted a student gallery opening at the Goochland Public Library last night. The show featured impressive work by dozens of students and was well attended by parents, students, community members, and school division staff.
Please mark your calendars for the GCPS Fine Arts Festival which will take place Thursday, March 19th from 5:30-8:00PM at Goochland High School.
- Student Art Displays
- Empty Bowls Fundraiser ($10 for handmade ceramic bowl + soup to fight hunger in our community)
- Jazz Band Performance
- “Into the Woods” Musical Preview
- Dance Performances
- Randolph Elementary Strings Performance
- Middle School Band Performance
Happy Snow Day Everyone!
At this point we have missed 10 days of school (March 5, 6; February 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 27; January 14, 27 – plus BES missed an 11th day on January 12). Our division calendar only calls for 2 make-up days at this point – February 16 and March 23; however, we did not do a make-up day on February 16 since we had not yet reached the required number of missed days at that point to require school on that day. As communicated previously, March 23 is now a school day and parent conferences will be held from 4:30-7pm on that day.
Fortunately, based on our calculations of the required 990 hours of instruction per year, we will not have to do any additional make-up days since we missed February 16 and we are able to forgive the extra missed day at BES. At this point, our calendar does not call for any additional make-up days. It is important to note that we will follow the board approved calendar, thus, if we miss any more days, we will begin assigning school during Spring Break (for instance, if we miss another day, April 10 will be an assigned day). Let’s all hope the winter weather is behind us!
As a side note, we are also required to have 140 clock hours of instruction in GHS and GMS verified credit courses (classes at the high school level with an SOL). Our calculations have each block right at 140 hours of instruction if we do not miss any more time. In the past, we have done early releases for high school students on the last day of school, we may no longer be able to do early release on this day, but will let everyone know ASAP. We will notify high school and middle school parents immediately if anything else changes, but at this time, we are not requiring any additional make-up time at GHS and GMS. Again, based on this requirement, if we miss any more time, we will have to do the make-up days already listed in the calendar as mentioned above.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
GCPS staff & families,
This is a reminder that the student holiday originally scheduled for March 23rd will now be a regular instructional day, in accordance with the 2014-15 school calendar. Parent-teacher conferences will still be held on March 23rd at each school from 4:30 to 7:00PM. This is a great opportunity to dialog with your child’s teachers about his or her progress in school.
The draft 2015-16 school calendar is available for review. The school board will consider the calendar for adoption during its regularly scheduled meeting March 10th.
Highlights of the calendar:
- 180 instructional days
- First day for students is August 24, 2015
- 3 full & 2 half professional days built in
- full 2 weeks for winter break
- Wednesday before Thanksgiving remains a holiday
- Spring break a full week after Easter
- 9 full make up snow days built in
- School year ends June 3rd
As in past years, a committee of faculty and parent representatives from each school collaborated to develop this draft, incorporating the sentiments that have been expressed through personal interaction and survey responses. We are confident this calendar serves the GCPS students and community well, but we certainly want to hear from you.
You can contact your child’s principal or any member of the GCPS leadership, simply reply to this blog post, or contact your school board representatives directly.