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Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines

Parents/Guardians can register their child online when the announced Pre-kindergarten registration window opens or make an appointment to visit their zoned elementary school and register via one of their available kiosks.

To register for Pre-Kindergarten, parents & children must meet the following guidelines:

Who May Attend a Pre-Kindergarten Site at a Public School ?
All children in the United States are entitled to equal access to a basic public elementary and secondary education regardless of their actual or perceived race, color, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, or the status of their parents/guardians. School districts that prohibit, discourage, or maintain policies that have the effect of prohibiting or discouraging children from enrolling in schools because they or their parents/guardians are not U.S. citizens or are undocumented may be in violation of Federal law.
 

Number of Pre-Kindergarten Sites & Spaces
The Georgia Department of Early Learning (also known as Bright from the Start) administers Georgia Pre-K and Bulloch County Schools hosts Pre-K sites on each of our elementary and high school campuses. Unlike grades K-12 for which we accommodate each child in Bulloch County who registers for school, Pre-Kindergarten is an optional program and the Georgia Department of Early Learning decides and approves how many sites our school system can host. This does limit the number of children we can register, but we do provide a lottery drawing, a waiting list for our sites, and we provide lists of other Pre-K sites in the community.

Bulloch County Schools has 20 pre-k sites with 22 children each for a total of 440 available seats. For this reason, demand may exceed space, so it is important to register during the annually announced online registration period. Even if you feel a Pre-K site will fill up, please complete an online registration, and if necessary, ask to be placed on the waiting list or ask about other sites available in and out of your school zone.  Waiting lists help us show demand for the program and could lead to additional sites being granted to the school system.

 

Who May Register a Child to Attend a Public School in Bulloch County?  
Because Bulloch County Schools is a public school system for children who reside in Bulloch County, no individual who resides outside the boundaries of Bulloch County may be registered to attend its schools. An exception applies only to children of full-time employees of Bulloch County Schools.  

 

Don’t Wait – Register During the Annually Announced Window
Register during the designated window. The number of children eligible for Pre-K fluctuates each year. Sites that do not have enough students could risk closure, and the school system does consider out-of-zone registrations for parents who are willing to provide their own transportation. For these reasons, it is best not to miss the designated registration week. Please do not wait to register and assume a site will have enough space for your child.

 

Eligibility for Bulloch County Schools’ Pre-K Program
Pre-kindergarten students must be four-years-old on or by September 1, of the school year in which they wish to begin. Children who are five-years-old on or before Sept. 1, who have not attended a GA Pre-K for more than 30 days, are also eligible for Pre-K unless you prefer your child to go to Kindergarten. Kindergarten registration is the first week of May.

 

Which Bulloch County Schools Pre-Kindergarten Site May My Child Attend?
A child must be registered at the school for which he/she is zoned to attend.  School attendance zones are based on the full-time residency address of the child. 

Priority is given to children within a school's attendance zone. Selection is based on a lottery drawing. Students from outside a school's attendance zone will be considered if all spaces are not filled with students who live within their attendance zone.

There are multiple pre-k sites within some school zones, so remember you may have other options if one site fills up. Also, if you are willing to provide transportation for your child, you may consider one of our sites that is not in your school zone. Out-of-Zone Pre-Kindergarten Forms are available by request from your zoned school. If a child attends an out-of-zone pre-kindergarten site, the child will then attend kindergarten at his/her zoned school unless a House Bill 251 School Choice/School Transfer Request has been requested and approved by the district. 

 

Twins (Children of Multiple Births)

Children of multiple births (i.e. twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc.) will be treated as one applicant during the Pre-K lottery. However, each child must be registered online.The enrollment of children of multiple births will not exceed the state allowance without prior approval from Bright from the Start.  wins (Multiple Births)

 

Lottery Draw & Waiting Lists

Unlike grades K-12 for which we accommodate each child in Bulloch County who registers for school, Pre-Kindergarten is an optional program and the Georgia Department of Early Learning decides and approves how many sites  and student spaces our school system can host. This does limit the number of children we can register, but we do provide a Pre-K Lottery, waiting lists, and lists of other Pre-K sites in the community.

To be considered for the school system's lottery draw for available spaces, the child's online registration process and documentation must be complete by the announced Pre-Registration deadline to be placed in the lottery.

Children who are registered after the announced deadline will be placed on a waiting list for any available spaces that are immediately available or which come available during the school year.

 

School Calendar, School Day & Transportation

All Pre-K classes follow Bulloch County Schools' calendar for the length of the school year and the elementary school day.

Transportation via school bus is available within each school's attendance zone.

Parents are responsible for transportation if the student is enrolled in a class outside of his/her assigned attendance zone.

 

Automatic Placement Conditions

  • Children who meet the above requirements and are children of a Bulloch County Schools full-time employee may obtain automatic placement in a Pre-K classroom. For this to occur, the parent/legal guardian must be a Bulloch County Schools full-time employee during the Pre-K Registration window. Additionally, registration must be completed during the online registration pto be accepted (no exceptions).
  • Full-time employees, who work at one of our elementary or high schools may choose either the pre-kindergarten site at the school in which they work or the pre-kindergarten site at their attendance zone school. Our full-time employees, who work at a middle school, may select their attendance zone school or feeder school. All other full-time employees must select their attendance zone school for automatic placement. 
  • Children who receive automatic placement will be distributed among the pre-k classes and/or schools within the attendance zone as needed.  
  • Priority is given to students with certain special needs, and six of these students will be selected as automatic placements for the Inclusion Classroom located at Mattie Lively Elementary before the lottery each year. Other students with special needs may be considered for automatic placement in any Pre-K classroom before the lottery.
  • Students with special needs are considered for automatic placement on a case-by-case basis; not all students will receive automatic placement.  
  • If it is determined that a child has received placement in a state-funded pre-k program by the second state roster reporting deadline, the child will be removed from the waiting list.