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Newton County Schools to hold pre-k registration

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System will hold registration for the district's Georgia lottery funded prekindergarten program next month.

Parents can register their children from Feb. 25 through March 1 at the elementary school they are zoned to attend next year.

Registration times are from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25, 27, 28 and March 1 and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 26.

Children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013 to qualify for enrollment.

NCSS has 586 pre-k slots at 13 elementary schools available for the 2013-14 school year and children will not be placed on the roster for possible selection until all required documents are submitted.

Only custodial parents and legal guardians may register a child for pre-k.

To register a child for the program, parents should bring a certified birth certificate and two proofs of residence/address--one from each of the two categories below -- an electric, gas, garbage or water bill in the name of the person enrolling the child and a current lease, rental agreement or mortgage statement from the purchase of a home.

Telephone bills, mortgage payment books, post office addresses, car licenses, credit cards and Medicaid cards will not be accepted as proof of residence, according to NCSS.

If the child does not live with one or both parents, guardianship or custody documents also must be presented.

Should the child and parent/guardians live with someone else and as a result does not have a proof of address in his/her name, a Statement of Legal Residence/Affidavit of Parent/Guardian is needed. Parents should bring the affidavit completed, signed and notarized, along with the two proofs of residence in the name of the person who owns the property. An affidavit can be obtained from any elementary school and the Newton County Board Office.

A notary will be available at registration for no cost. For those who choose to have their paperwork notarized using the notary at registration, the person who owns the property must be present with the two proofs of residence.

Additionally, parents must also bring to registration the child's Social Security card; the Eye, Ear, Dental Screening Form #3300 if the child has reached age 4; and Immunization Record Form #3231. Both forms may be obtained from a doctor or the Newton County Health Department.

If there is no Social Security card, a waiver may be signed at the time of registration.

Registration does not guarantee children a slot in the pre-k program.

Once registration has concluded, students with all documents submitted will have their names placed in a lottery drawing for their school zone for possible selection. Only students with completed registration packets will be eligible for participation in the school system's lottery selection process.

Pre-k enrollment is determined by school attendance zones. Once all slots are filled, the remaining names will be placed on a waiting list in the order they were drawn during the lottery process, and called if and when spaces become available.

Documents and more information are available in English and Spanish on the NCSS website, www.newtoncountyschools.org.