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For registration, it is recommended that you contact your child's school in advance so that staff can prepare materials for you and make your visit an efficient one.

Due to the COVID-19 school closure, staff are working with parents through a virtual enrollment process. Parents should contact the school in advance where their child will attend and request enrollment forms.

Registration dates are typically established for incoming kindergarten students to Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) for each school year. Children who turn five years old on or before September 1 must be enrolled in kindergarten, according to the State of Maryland. Parents and guardians may register eligible children for kindergarten at any time. There are also days and times designated as registration days in all elementary schools so that school staff will be prepared to assist parents and guardians with all necessary steps for registration.

The parent/legal guardian must register at the school in the district where he or she lives. The following documents are required when registering a child for kindergarten:

  • Birth certificate
  • Immunization records
  • Health inventory (completed by child’s doctor within a nine-month period before child enters school or within a six-month period after entering school)
  • Proof of residency (mortgage/rental agreement, electric or water bill that is current within last three months prior to registration). Telephone bills or driver’s licenses will not be accepted.