A Parent’s Guide. WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN. Jefferson County Schools Jefferson County, Tennessee. By: Sarah Hurst. How old does my child need to be to enter Kindergarten?.
For the 2014-2015 school year and all school years thereafter, a child entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 15.
However, a child does not have to enroll in school at five years of age, but enrollment must occur no later than the child\'s sixth birthday.
Any transfer student applying for admission who was legally enrolled in an approved kindergarten in another state and who will be five years of age no later than December 31 of the current school year, shall be enrolled.
ATTENDANCE, EARLY DISMISSAL, AND TARDIES
Absence is defined as nonattendance for an entire day, a major portion of the school day, or seventy-five (75%) of the school day.
Excused absences shall include:
1. Personal illness with doctor’s note
2. Death in the family
3. Legal or court appearance
4. Religious observances
5. Doctor\'s Appointment
Early dismissals will be allowed only:
(1) In case of emergencies
(2) With valid photo ID and on the child’s emergency pick-up list.
(3) With a valid doctor\'s appointment card
(4) With a validation of funeral attendance of immediate family.
Unexcused late arrivals or unapproved early dismissals will accumulate on the student\'s attendance record.
These aggregate days may be reported to parents for five (5) days notifications and to the attendance officer for ten (10) day notifications in compliance with Compulsory School Attendance Law.
Contact the school which is nearest to your home, and the secretary should be able to tell you the appropriate school at which to register. This decision is based upon your street address.
Dandridge Elem. School: 397-3127
Jefferson Elem. School: 475-4712
Mt. Horeb Elem. School: 397-9472
New Market School: 475-3551
Piedmont Elem. School: 397-2939
Rush Strong School: 933-5313
Talbott Elem. School: 475-2988
White Pine School: 674-2596
Kindergarten Registration is May 6, 2014
There are also other school paperwork requirements to fill out on registration day.
Kindergarten readiness checklist
Follows a simple direction
Stays with an activity to completion
Participates in clean-up activities
Takes responsibility for own belongings
Is able to dress self
Uses appropriate bathroom skills
Follows simple safety rules
Puts puzzles together
Cuts with scissors
Holds and uses pencils correctly
Builds using blocks
Talks in sentences
Follows one- and two-step oral directions
Looks at books or pictures on their own
Attempts to write own name
Recognizes own name in print
Identifies and draws basic shapes
Correctly counts to ten
Recognizes and names basic colors
These skills are encouraged, but not required. Your child’s teacher will explain in more detail the Kindergarten Curriculum and Common Core Standards used in their classes.
Kindergarten teachers receive their student rosters during the summer. You will be contacted by mail in July by your child’s teacher.
Each school has their own daily routine for lunch, gym, music, library, art, and recess. These schedules are typically given out on the first day of school.
Jefferson County schools follow a full day Kindergarten schedule (8:00-3:00pm), and our students do not take naps.
The school year calendar will be available on the Jefferson County website by May.
Kindergarten students have a staggered enrollment schedule in August. This is to help students grow accustomed to “big” school. Also, Your teacher will send a staggered enrollment schedule in your July correspondence.
We know this can be a challenging time for families. The first time your child goes to school is very special, and we hope to make this transition smooth for all of you.