Kindergarten and first-grade registration open for JCSD

From staff reports

MIFFLINTOWN – Parents of children who reside within Juniata County and will be enrolled in school for the first time next fall are encouraged to contact their area principal’s office.

Kindergarten registration is open to any child who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. To be eligible for first grade, a child must be 6 years old by the same date.

According to a press release from the Juniata County School District, parents may elect to wait one year before registering their child if the child is not ready to begin kindergarten.

Many factors contribute to the combination of skills that make children ready for school. Parents should consider physical growth, general activity related to growth, practical skills, memory, understanding and general knowledge. A more detailed list of these areas is available at elementary schools in the district.

Before registering, parents are encouraged to review the immunization status of their child, the release states. Children are required by law to be immunized with four doses of diphtheria and tetanus vaccine; three doses of polio vaccine; three doses of hepatitis B; two doses each of rubella, measles and mumps vaccine; and two doses of varicella vaccine (or history of disease). Children may be exempt from immunization requirements for medical, religious or strong philosophical objections.

Online kindergarten registration is available through the district website or parents may contact the following school secretaries:

Fayette Township – Deanna Fawver, 463-2236;

Monroe, Susquehanna and Delaware townships and Thompsontown

Borough – Lori Lauver, 694-3961;

Femanagh and Walker townships and Mifflintown Borough – Marge Noerr, 436-2111;

Lack, Tuscarora, Beale, Milford, Spruce Hill and Turbett townships and Mifflin or Port Royal Boroughs – Melissa Smith, 436-6816.