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Barrow County School System
Early Learning/Elementary Ed

Q: Where can I get the new Georgia Department of Public Health Form 3300?


Q: Does my child have to have a social security card/number to attend Pre-K?


Q: Can I pick up my child early or bring them in late in the mornings to Pre-K a few days a week?

A: Georgia’s Pre-K Program operates just like a school classroom. Parents commit to sending their child to school for the complete 6.5 hours a day for 176 days per school year. Children can be dis-enrolled for being chronically tardy in the morning or being chronically picked up prior to the end of the instructional day.


Q: What is “excessive” in regards to the tardy and absenteeism guidelines?

A: Chronic tardiness is defined as late arrival or early departure more than once per week. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing more than two days per month without medical or other reasonable explanation. Chronic tardiness or absenteeism may also be defined by an established regular attendance pattern(s), e.g., if a child is later every Monday or absent every Tuesday or leaves early every Friday.


Q: Is attendance important in Pre-K?

A: Yes, just like any other grade level in school, attendance in Pre-K is important in helping the child develop good attendance habits and help them to be successful in school.


Q: How do I know who offers Pre-K in my area?


Q: If my child gets in Pre-K, what should I bring to registration?


Proof of residency is a utility bill (electricity, gas, water, cable/satellite, garbage or house phone), settlement statement, or a rental/lease agreement. If a child's family is living with someone and does not have proof of residency, parents should contact the registration department for a multi-residency form that will need to be completed by the property owner. Proof of residency is used to verify the elementary school attendance zone. If the child receives Medicaid, Food Stamps, TANF, or SSI, we request that you bring documentation of this information to registration.


Q: When will Pre-K registration be held for the students who were chosen in the Pre-K Lottery?

A: Pre-K registration will be held at the Professional Development Center (PDC) along with Kindergarten registration.


Barrow County Schools dates for Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year: 
Kindergarten Registration and concept screening will be conducted from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM, at the Professional Development Center, located at 179 W. Athens St. in Winder.

Please plan to attend your school’s scheduled registration day below.


The Barrow County School System dates for Pre-K & Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted as soon as they are available.

May 1, 2019, Auburn Elementary
May 3, 2019, Bramlett Elementary
May 6, 2019, Statham Elementary
May 8, 2019, County Line Elementary
May 9, 2019, Bethlehem Elementary
May 10, 2019, Holsenbeck Elementary
May 13, 2019, Yargo Elementary
May 15, 2019, Winder Elementary
May 16, 2019, Kennedy Elementary
Make-up day - May 17, 2019

Q: If my child does not initially receive a slot in the BCSS Pre-K Program via the lottery, can I register or accept a Pre-K slot for my child with another provider in Barrow county and still be on the BCSS waiting list?

A: Once the school year begins, if a child who is on the Barrow County School System Pre-K waiting list attends another lottery-funded Pre-K or Head Start Program in Barrow County, the child will be removed from the BCSS Pre-K Program waiting list. We want to work together with the other Pre-K providers to serve as many students as we can in Barrow County. Parents may make a special request to keep their child on the BCSS waiting list by contacting Karen Bedford at 770-867-4527.


Parents may make a special request based on their individual situation to keep their child on the BCSS Pre-K Program waiting list by contacting Karen Bedford at the BCSS Professional Development Center (770-867-4527).




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