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Ready, Set, Enroll in Kindergarten!

If you have a child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31 and have not yet enrolled your child in kindergarten, it’s time to do so. You can find out your child’s residential school and start the enrollment process online by going to Enroll.

As part of the process, students will also need a health assessment and be up to date on immunizations by the first day of school.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County students in all grades will be learning online for at least the first nine weeks of the school year.

Kinder 1 JULY 29, 2020 – The people with the school system are eager to have parents of children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31 enroll their children in kindergarten.

Although kindergarten – and all other grades – will be virtual for at least the first nine weeks, everyone is working hard to ensure that students will have enriching experiences.

“We hope they develop a love for school and learning and look forward each day to being with their teachers and classmates,” said Vanessa Osborne, the Transitions Coordinator for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WSFCS).

In addition to working with teachers and teacher assistants in larger groups, students will also meet in smaller groups. 

In an ordinary year, schools and teachers would be reaching out in all sorts of ways to encourage parents to enroll their children in kindergarten.

Schools would hold kinder camps so that parents and children could come to the school. There they would meet kindergarten teachers, visit classrooms and get comfortable being at the school.

Schools would offer meet-and-greet open houses and offer tours.

Kindergarten teachers would go out into local neighborhoods to meet children, and the kindergarten mascot Ready Freddy would put in appearances at pop-up events in neighborhoods.

Bus drivers running their routes would have the fringe benefit of reminding parents that the start of school was coming.

It’s not an ordinary year, of course, so schools and teachers are not able to set up events to meet children and their families in person.

Kinder 6 In the coming days, Osborne said, teachers and administrators at elementary schools throughout the district will be working on ways to reach out virtually to families.

Possibilities include setting up online calls so that parents and teachers can begin to get to know each other, Osborne said.

Some schools are also sending out letters to families they think has a child ready for kindergarten.

Parents are encouraged to go online to find their child’s residential school and to begin the enrollment process.

“The online enrollment is up and available,” she said.

As part of that process, parents will need to make sure that children have had the necessary health assessments and immunizations.

The Data Managers at elementary schools have returned to work, and parents with questions can check at the school where their child will be going.

If a parent has already signed up their child to attend a Choice, Magnet or out-of-zone school, the student can still virtually attend that school.

“They do not need to start at their residential schools,” said Homan Atashbar, the Director of Student Assignment.

Kinder 4 Parents that want their child to attend the Virtual Academy do need to enroll at their assigned schools before being able to enroll in the Virtual Academy.  

During the 2019-20 school year, about 3,500 students attended kindergarten in the district. As of June 21, about 1,700 students had enrolled online and about 1,400 pre-kindergarten students became kindergarten students.

“Hopefully, those enrollment numbers will start to go up,” Osborne said.

In addition to making sure that everything has been taken care of so that a child can attend, enrolling as soon as possible helps elementary schools plan and make sure they have the proper number of teachers and teacher assistants.

Health assessments are available at the Bulldog Health Center (336-703-4273) on the campus of Mineral Springs elementary and middle schools, at the Forsyth County Health Department (336-703-3100) and at Mobile Health Clinics at elementary schools on different dates.

Call Pam Benton at 33-703-4273 to schedule appointments or get more information.

Only health assessments can be done at the Mobile Health Clinic.  Families that come can ring the school bell for paperwork if they are not already enrolled in school, and mobile clinic workers will also have fliers to give out.

The Mobile Health Clinic schedule includes:

Ready 6 Ward Elementary – July 30 

Kimmel-Farm Elementary – August 4

Diggs-Latham Elementary - August 5

Gibson Elementary – August 6  

Sedge Garden Elementary – August 10

Kernersville Elementary – August 11

Ibraham Elementary – August 12

Petree Elementary – August 13

Rural Hall Elementary - September 10 (3:30 to 7:30 p.m.)