Virginia Enrollment Requirements

  • Virginia State seal Parents should register the child even if all of the information below has not been obtained. Questions concerning registration and enrollment should be addressed to the school the child will attend. General inquiries regarding the Kindergarten program can be addressed to Jake Boula, Director of Elementary Instruction, at (540) 667-4253.

    A child must be five years old on or before September 30 of the upcoming school year to enroll in kindergarten.

    A certified copy of the child's birth record is required.

    A certificate of physical examination from a physician or a health department which was completed no earlier than one year prior to the first day of school.

    Proof of residency in the City of Winchester. The parent or legal guardian must provide at least one document from the following list. The document must show the parent/guardian’s name and current Winchester address of residence as it appears on school registration documents. It must indicate a street address. A post office box or business address is not acceptable.

    • Utility bill, not more than two months old, issued to applicant (examples include gas, electric, water/sewer, or phone bill). Cellular phone, cable and pager bills are not accepted.
    • Receipt for personal property taxes or real estate taxes paid within the last year to the Commonwealth of Virginia or the City of Winchester.
    • Current homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy.
    • Current deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or residential rental/ lease agreement.
    • If the parent/guardian is unable to provide proof of residency in his/her own name, he/she must provide at least one document from the above list displaying the name of the person who is providing housing to the parent and student. In addition, the parent/guardian must provide a notarized form, signed by that person, verifying the parent/guardian’s and student’s residency at the address shown (complete Form JEC-R5). If further determination is needed, a referral should be made to the grade level Student Support Specialist or the Coordinator of Student Support Services. A home visit may be conducted by Student Support staff as necessary.

Immunization Requirements

  • When enrolling your child, an immunization certificate requiring the following must be presented:

    • Tdap: A minimum of three or more properly spaced doses of acellular pertussis vaccine. One dose shall be administered on or after the fourth birthday. A booster dose shall be administered prior to entry into the seventh grade. See Supt's Memo 101-19 for more information. 
    • HPV: Three doses of properly spaced human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for females.  The first dose shall be administered before the child enters the sixth-grade. The code further provides that parents or guardians may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine after reviewing materials describing the link between the HPV and cervical cancer approved for such use by the Board. The Center for Disease Control also recommends this immunization for males. See Dept. of Health Letter to Parents for more information.
    • 4 Polio: at least one dose after 4th birthday unless received 4 doses of all OPV or all IPV prior to 4th birthday
    • 2 Measles: 1st dose on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten
    • 2 Mumps: on/after 12 months of age
    • 1 Rubella: on/after 12 months of age
    • NOTE: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) requirements are also met by 2 MMR - 1st dose on/after 12 months of age and 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten.
    • Hepatitis B: 3 doses required (2 doses if Merck adult formulation given between 11-15 years of age)
    • 2 Varicella: 1st dose on/after 12 months of age; 2nd prior to enrollment in kindergarten

    For more detailed information regarding minumum immunization requirements, refer to the Virginia Department of Health website.

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