Barrow County School System
Early Learning/Elementary Ed
Elementary Ed/Pre-K Director
Pre-K Lottery - FAQs
**Parents of Pre-K students please do not pre-register until instructed to do so after the lottery drawing.*
Q: What are the age requirements to enroll in Georgia’s
A: A child must be age-eligible (4 years old on or before September 1) and a Georgia resident. Children who are 5 years of age on or before September 1 and have not attended Georgia’s Pre-K Program as a 4 year old, may enroll in the Pre-K Program.
Q: What is considered acceptable documents for proof of age?
A: A certified birth certificate or other acceptable proof of age is required. Other forms such as passports, official medical documents (hospital certificate of birth) and official documents from other countries will be accepted.
Q: What is acceptable documentation for proof of residency?
A: 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 at 770-867-4527 and request a multi-residency form.
Q: Where can I get the Immunization form 3231?
A: Check with your child’s doctor’s office or go to the local Health Department to obtain the Immunization form 3231.
Q: Where can I get the new Georgia Department of Public Health Form 3300?
A: Check with your child’s doctor or go to the local Health Department to obtain the new Hearing, Vision, Dental, and Nutrition Screening Form 3300.
Q: Does my child have to have a social security card/number to attend Pre-K?
A: You will be asked to provide a copy of the enrolling student's social security card at the time of registration or you can fill out and sign a social security form wavier if you wish not to provide it. O.C.G.A.20-2-150.
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?
A: In addition to completing appropriate school registration forms on-line, families will need to provide their child’s birth certificate, Immunization Form 3231, a Hearing, Vision, Dental, and Nutrition Form 3300, a copy of the enrolling student's social security number or sign a form stating the individual does not wish to provide the social security number, pursuant to O.C.G.A.20-2-150. Policy click here, Proof of residency will be required at registration and must be dated within 30 days of the date of 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 2018-2019 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.”
April 30, Statham Elementary
May 2, Yargo Elementary
May 4, Bramlett Elementary
May 7, Holsenbeck Elementary
May 9, Bethlehem Elementary
May 11, County Line Elementary
May 14, Auburn Elementary
May 16, Winder Elementary
May 18, Kennedy Elementary
May 21, Make up day at Central Office
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).