While much focus has been rightfully placed on how the cancellation of school has affected current elementary and secondary students this spring, Grain Valley Schools is also concerned about the youngest members of its school community. Kindergarten enrollment was disrupted this spring due to school cancellations, so the district is working to reach incoming Kindergarten families to ensure they enroll in a timely manner so they can prepare for the 2020-21 school year.
“Over the years we have been able to anticipate how many students will show up on the first day of school based on early enrollments. With the cancellation of our registration events this spring, enrollments are down and we can only hope for final enrollments that are consistent with what we have seen in the past few years. The sooner we know who to expect in the fall, the sooner we can ensure that we have the correct number of teachers in place to receive them.,” Dr. Brad Welle, Deputy Superintendent for School and Community Services said.
“As of May 5th, we have 204 children enrolled for Kindergarten in the fall, which is up significantly from just two weeks ago. However, last year at this time we had 267 students enrolled so we are down 25% from a year ago. We are asking our families to urge friends and neighbors to begin the enrollment process for any child entering kindergarten in the fall so we can prepare for them.”
Parents may enroll their students online at www.grainvalleyschools.org, under the “For Families” tab.
Additionally, the district is offering curbside registration for those who are having difficulty enrolling online. Curbside registration is available at each elementary school on May 18th from 9:00am—3:00pm and May 20th from 3:00pm—6:30pm. Upon arrival, families are asked to remain in their car. A staff member will come out to assist registrants. Families participating in curbside registration are encouraged to bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and a current utility bill.
Those who have successfully registered online do not need to visit the school. For more information, visit www.grainvalleyschools.org.