Student Registration

School Entrance Age

Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 of the school year to be eligible to attend kindergarten. There are no exceptions to this state requirement.

Daylong prekindergarten programs for at-risk 4-year-olds are available at a few elementary schools. Also, there is a prekindergarten program for children with disabilities who must be 2 years old by Sept. 30 to enroll. Each year, Chesterfield County Public Schools conducts Child Find to locate children with disabilities who need special education services or Section 504 services. If you suspect your child may have a disability, contact the Office of Special Education at 318-8743 or your child’s home school.

Residency

Students must reside with a parent or legal guardian in Chesterfield County to attend Chesterfield County Public Schools. The school system may re-verify residency any year a student is enrolled in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Students attend the school in their attendance area unless a waiver is granted or they are accepted into a center-based  or specialty program.

Foreign Exchange Student Procedure

New students should register during office hours at their home school. For school attendance zone information, use the find my school feature or call 318-8743.

To register for school, proof of county residency is required by providing one of these documents:

  • lease for at least one year or deed of a residence or property in Chesterfield County
  • contract or lease free of contingencies to occupy a Chesterfield residence within two months of the date of enrollment
  • resident manager’s letter on company letterhead stating that residence is a corporate residence in Chesterfield
  • weekly receipts for temporary residence in a hotel or motel for up to 60 days (requires renewal or evidence of more permanent residency within 60 days of enrollment)

The student’s Social Security number is requested.

In addition, a student enrolling in a Virginia public school for the first time must provide

  • certified original birth certificate
  • record of a physical examination (performed within the past 12 months)
  • updated records listing dates of each state-required immunization. Documentation is required of age-appropriate immunizations for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP), polio, hepatitis  and varicella (chickenpox). A booster of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) is required for all students entering sixth grade if at least five years have passed since their last tetanus-containing vaccine; documentation of the tetanus-containing vaccine is required. Three doses of properly spaced human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are required for girls, with the first dose administered before entering sixth grade. Parents or guardians may elect that their child not receive the HPV vaccine. Documentation of HPV exemption or vaccination is not required; if provided, documentation will be accepted by the school.

It is helpful if transferring students provide a report card from their previous school and, if applicable, a copy of an Individualized Education Program. After registration is completed, the Chesterfield school will request a transfer of records from the previous school.

Kindergarten registration day

Registration for children who will enter kindergarten in September 2014 will take place at every elementary school on April 10, 2014.

What is the age requirement for kindergarten?
Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2014. There are no exceptions.

When will kindergarten registration take place?
Between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on April 10, 2014, parents should register their children at the school they are zoned to attend. To find the correct school, parents may call 318-8743 or go online to mychesterfieldschools.com, go to the parents section, then click “find my school.”

Does the child need to accompany the parent to registration?
Yes. On registration day, children will be given the Brigance kindergarten screening, which usually takes about 15 minutes.

What information should parents bring to registration?

  • parent’s photo ID
  • child’s certified original birth certificate
  • child’s Social Security number (requested)
  • proof of residency by providing one of these documents:
    • lease for at least one year or deed of a residence in Chesterfield County
    • contract or lease free of contingencies to occupy a Chesterfield County residence within two months of the date of enrollment
    • resident manager’s letter on company letterhead stating that residence is a corporate residence in Chesterfield County
    • weekly receipts for temporary residence in a hotel or motel for up to 60 days (requires renewal or evidence of more permanent residency within 60 days of enrollment)
    • If you plan to submit a “lives with” form, the person you live with must come with you to registration and provide a lease, deed or one of the other proofs of residency. Also, you must provide two supporting documents showing your name and the correct address.

What items are required by the first day of school?

  • record of a physical examination within the past 12 months
  • updated records listing dates of each state-required immunization

What if a parent is unable to attend on April 10?
Please make every effort to register your child on April 10. If this is not possible, call the school to set up an appointment as soon as possible.

Questions?
For more information, call your neighborhood school.

Applying for Prekindergarten

Chesterfield County Public Schools offers a limited number of prekindergarten spots to provide school-readiness skills to eligible children with the greatest need. Prekindergarten is offered in 12 elementary schools: Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Chalkley, Marguerite Christian, Davis, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Harrowgate, Hopkins, Providence and Reams Road. Children who will be 4 by Sept. 30, who show an educational need and who live in the school attendance zone may apply for prekindergarten. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements. If you are unsure which school zone you live in, call 318-8743 or go online to mychesterfieldschools.com, go to the parents section, then click “find my school.” Parents may apply immediately for prekindergarten by calling 279-7357 to make an appointment. Parents may also apply during one of the open application days scheduled 1-6 p.m. at the Fulghum Center (4003 Cogbill Road) in 2014:

  • Feb. 25
  • March 4
  • March 11
  • March 18
  • April 1
  • May 7
  • May 21
  • June 3

Only a limited number of prekindergarten spots are available — applying does not guarantee acceptance. Applications received by June 9 will be reviewed equally; prekindergarten is not first-come, first-served. Students who are not initially accepted are placed on a waiting list, in case a spot opens up during the year. If you have a question, call 279-7357, 279-7352 or 594-1671. Children must accompany their parents when applying for prekindergarten, so that they can complete a brief screening. A health/physical form is not required until acceptance into the program. The child’s Social Security number is requested, and these items must be presented when applying:

  1. parent’s photo ID
  2. child’s certified original birth certificate
  3. proof of income by providing one of these document options:
    • two of the most recent pay stubs for all jobs worked by any parent living in the home
    •  W-2 form for each working parent in the home
    • tax form for 2013
    • TANF verification letter or form
    • letter from an employer indicating period of employment and salary for each working parent
  4. proof of residency by providing one of these documents:
    • lease for at least one year or deed of a residence in Chesterfield County
    • contract or lease free of contingencies to occupy a Chesterfield residence within two months of the date of enrollment
    • resident manager’s letter on company letterhead stating that residence is a corporate residence in Chesterfield County
    • weekly receipts for temporary residence in a hotel or motel for up to 60 days (requires renewal or evidence of more permanent residency within 60 days of enrollment)
    • note: If you plan to submit a “lives with” form, then the person you live with must come with you and provide a lease, deed or one of the other proofs of residency. Also, you must provide two supporting documents showing your name and the correct address.

Questions?

Call 279-7357, 279-7352 or 318-8743.