Time to register for kindergarten

Kindergarten registration for Juniata County School District 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 on or before Sept. 1. If parents do not feel their child is ready for kindergarten, they may wait until the following year to register.

Factors that may be considered when determining whether a child is ready for school include physical growth, general activity related to growth, practice skills, memory, understanding and general knowledge. A more detailed list outlining each of the areas can be obtained at the child’s school. The decision on whether a child is ready for kindergarten is ultimately the decision of the parent, a news release from the school indicates.

Parents sending a child to school should review their child’s immunization status. According to the news release, the law requires children entering school for the first time have four doses of the diphtheria and tetanus vaccine, with one dose administered on or after the child’s 4th birthday, four doses of the Polio vaccine with one dose administered on or after the child’s 4th birthday, three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine, two doses each of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and two doses of the chicken pox vaccine or a history of disease.

If all immunizations

have not been completed, parents should contact

their family doctor to have them completed. Children may be exempt from

their immunization requirements for medical,

religious or philosophical objections.

To register, residents

of Fayette, Monroe, Susquehanna and Delaware townships and Thompsontown Borough should

call (717) 694-3961. Residents of Fermanagh and Walker townships and

Mifflintown Borough should call (717) 436-211. Residents of Lack, Tuscarora, Beale, Milford, Spruce Hill, Turbett townships and Mifflin and Port Royal boroughs should call (717) 436-6816.