Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten classes are available to any child who will be 5 years of age by August 31. All schools offer full day kindergarten classes (8:15-2:15) with the exception of Salemwood (7:40-3:25), Ferryway (7:45-3:30) and Linden (8:00-2:30). All assignments are subject to space availability and the student enrollment policy.

In order to register a child for kindergarten, parents/guardians need to complete the Registra­tion Application which includes a Home Language form, a Mass Health form, a Medical Release of Records form, and submit alongwith a copy of the child’s most recent immunizations and physical exam, child’s birth certificate/passport and proof of Malden residency (a current Gas or Electric bill indicating the parent/guardian’s name and address) or a Landlord Affidavit obtained from the PIC Office. No child will be able to attend school without providing all required medical documentation.

Only upon completion of this process will a child be fully registered and allowed to begin school in August. Missing required documents/forms will delay a child’s registration. Children currently attending the Malden Public Schools pre-kindergarten pro­gram or special education pre-kindergarten programs must submit a completed Registration Applica­tion to the PIC to properly enroll. Parents with children with special needs should contact the Special Needs Office at 781-397-7245 if they have any questions.

Student Enrollment Assignment Criteria Grades K-8

 

All assignments are made according to the Student Enrollment Policy. In accordance with this policy, children are assigned in order of the following:

1.     Programmatic Priority Placements (for example, special education children are placed into spe­cial classes at schools with those respective programs).

2.     Siblings with Proximity Placement

3.     Proximity Placement

 

Voluntary Transfer List

Every effort will be made to accommodate parents/guardians preference within the system of priorities, and the district’s educational seating capacity.  Parents/guardians may request that their child be placed on a voluntary transfer list for the school by completing a “Voluntary Transfer Form” available at the PIC.  The timeline for that process is as follows:

1.     Requests for a voluntary transfer can be made by contacting the PIC beginning May 1st.

2.     All transfer requests will be processed beginning on August 15th.

3.     The expiration date for requesting a voluntary transfer is September 15th, NO requests for transfer will be accepted after September 15th.

4.     Any transfers that were not granted will remain on the voluntary transfer list until space becomes available, up to October 1st. The PIC will grant no more than ONE transfer per student per year.

The manager of the PIC, in cooperation with the Superintendent of the Malden Public Schools is the final authority on student enrollment, and in no way influenced by school administrators and elected officials.

 

Appeals Process

Parents who need information on filing an appeal should contact the PIC at 781-397-7271 or [email protected].

 

Documents Required for Registration for Grades K-8

 

The following documentation is required for new registrations or for re-admission:

 

•       A completed Registration Application (enclosed)

•       Proof of age (birth certificate)

•       Proof of residency: current Gas or Electric Bill indicating the parent/guardian’s name and address or Landlord affidavit obtained from the PIC Office.

•       Most current Immunizations and Physical Exam

•       Massachusetts Transfer Card/Official Withdrawal Form

•       Individual Education Program (IEP), if applicable

•       MCAS or MEPA Test Results, if applicable

•       Discipline Report, if applicable

•       Photo ID of parent/guardian

 

Medical Requirements

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

A complete physical examination is required of all children entering kindergarten or first grade for the first time. Completed physical examination forms must be presented to complete enrollment. No child will be able to attend school without providing all required medical documentation. Only upon completion of this process will a child be fully registered and allowed to begin school. For more infor­mation about immunizations and physical examination requirements, contact the Nursing Supervisor, Karen Reynolds, at 781-397-7000 x2211 or [email protected].

 

IMMUNIZATION

THE STATE LAW CHAPTER 76, SECTION 15, INDICATES THAT NO CHILD SHOULD BE ADMIT­TED TO SCHOOL UNLESS HE OR SHE HAS BEEN IMMUNIZED AGAINST DIPHTHERIA, TETANUS, PERTUSSIS, MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA, POLIO, CHICKEN POX, AND HEPATITIS B, except for medical or religious reasons. The medical record must indicate dates of immunizations-month, day and year. Department of Public Health regulations effective March 1, 1990, require children to present evidence of having been previously screened for lead poisoning as a condition for entry into kindergarten. Parents should pro­vide documentation from their child’s pediatrician. Immunization inoculations may be obtained from a private physician or by appointment from the Board of Health Clinic.

 

According to rules and regulations by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, students enter­ing kindergarten need:

•       3 doses of Hepatitis B

•       5 doses of DTaP/DTP

•       4 doses of Polio

•       2 doses of MMR

•       2 doses of Varicella

•       a physical exam (done within 6 months)

•       Lead test (is not a state requirement, but is a city requirement), and results

•       TB test and results or documentation of low risk (is not a state requirement, but is a city requirement)

 

 

Students entering grades 1-6 need:

•        3 doses of Hepatitis B

•        at least 4 doses of DTaP/DTP or at least 3 doses of TD

•        at least 4 doses of Polio

•        2 doses of MMR

•        2 doses of Varicella

•        A physical exam on file and 5th graders need updated physical (done within 6 months)

•        TB test and results or documentation of low risk (is not a state requirement, but is a city requirement)

 

Students entering grades 7-8 need:

•       3 doses of Hepatitis B

•       at least 4 doses of DTaP/DTP or at least 3 doses of TD, and 1 dose of TDaP/TD

•       at least 4 doses of Polio

•       2 doses of MMR

•       2 doses of Varicella

•       at least one physical exam on file (done within 6 months)

•       TB test and results or documentation of low risk (is not a state requirement, but is a city requirement)