The Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, Chatham, New York, announces the registration dates for the 2020-2021 Kindergarten Class.
Registration for the Class of 2033 begins in February. Registration packets will be mailed to the homes of children who are on our school census. If you have a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall and you do not receive a packet by March 16, please call Mrs. Layton at (518) 392-1530 or visit the elementary school office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Children must be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2020 to be eligible to attend kindergarten this fall. Registration requirements include the child’s birth certificate or other proof of age and proof of immunizations (see below), as well as two proofs of residency (electric or telephone bill, automobile insurance card, bank statement, driver’s license, lease or mortgage, etc.) showing street address, not post office box. Additionally, a physical examination is required to be on file by September 30th. A valid physical exam for the 2020-2021 school year needs to have been completed after September 5, 2019.
Required proofs of immunizations include:
- Diphtheria and Tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine (DTap, DTP, Tdap) – 5 doses or 4 doses if the 4th dose was received at 4 years of age or older;
- Polio vaccine (IPV/OPV) – 4 doses or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was received at 4 years of age or older;
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR) – 2 doses;
- Hepatitis B vaccine – 3 doses;
- Varicella vaccine – 2 doses.
For further information regarding immunizations, you may call the school nurse at (518) 392-1537. Additionally, please send a dental certificate if you have one, although it is not a requirement to attend school.
Appointment times for kindergarten screening will be included in the registration packets. Kindergarten screening will take place on May 12, 13 and 14, 2020.
Please Note: Screenings for the M.E.D. PreK program will take place in June. Information regarding the 2020-2021 Chatham PreK program will be sent out in April to the parents of children on our Class of 2034 census. Please contact the M.E.D. main office at (518) 392-1530 if you would like to add your child/children onto the Chatham Central School District census.