Starting kindergarten is a major milestone in a child’s life, and there are important steps parents can take to make the transition an exciting one.
DCS uses online enrollment forms. To begin the enrollment process and avoid lines in the computer lab in August, you may complete online enrollment from home at Kindergarten Registration.
If you have trouble or do not have access to register online, you can call your local school for help. “We are committed to helping guide you through this process and transition into public schools!” said DCS Superintendent Jeff Wallace. “We would love to hear from you and get your contact information over the phone so that when our school opens we can bring you in to help you with the registration process.”
“DCS staff members, in partnership with parents, are committed to ensuring that every child is engaged in extraordinary learning opportunities that stir creativity, cultivate thinking, enhance physical and mental well-being, and optimize the whole learning experience,” Wallace continued. “Enrolling a child in a new school can be burdensome, but we hope this information will be helpful.”
When the schools are able to reopen for parents and students, there will be an opportunity planned for parents and their children to meet kindergarten teachers, administration, and support staff. They will have an opportunity to hear about the educational programs offered for their child, sign up for their school’s kindergarten screening, and take a tour of their new school.
Peggy Nuckolls, director of preschool services for Davie County Schools, shared the importance of the kindergarten tour and screening and encouraged parents to sign up.
“A tour of the school is helpful to get your child involved in the transition process and allow them to become familiar with the school they will be attending. This opportunity will allow your child to walk through the hallways of their new school, visit a kindergarten classroom, cafeteria, and media center.”
“We will conduct a kindergarten screening because it is helpful to kindergarten teachers and school administration to get to know your child and determine whether any additional classroom support may be needed,” she explained. “Kindergarten screenings are also a great way to familiarize your child with his/her new school and gives the school another opportunity to meet your child.”
Stephanie Nelson, a collaborative teacher through the DavieLEADS program who is bridging the gap between preschool and kindergarten, helped explain the DIAL screening expectations.
She went on to reassure parents that the DIAL-4 is NOT an intelligence test, or diagnostic test and is not pass/fail so it does not determine whether your child goes to kindergarten or not.
“Parents are urged to register for the DIAL-4 screening because the results are being used to help measure kindergarten readiness as part of the DavieLEADS initiative to increase kindergarten readiness and to increase the percentage of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade,” said Nelson.
The following documents are required to be submitted to your school by the state of North Carolina to complete your child’s registration. We ask you to present this information to the elementary school in your attendance zone after registering online. Check your address to determine your elementary school.
If you have questions, please contact your elementary school at the number listed below. The public will get further notifications on DIAL screening opportunities and person-to-person registration events.
“We hope you have a smooth transition into our schools and we wish you positive experiences as we work together to ensure your child’s success,” said Wallace.