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School district's online kindergarten pre-registration open through April 4

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Parents can pre-register children for kindergarten online through April 4.

District spokesman Patrick Gallaway said New Albany-Plain Local officials are trying to make the process easier by adding more information on the district's website, napls.us, and allowing parents to complete registration online.

"Last year, there wasn't an online component," he said. "People had to register at the (K-1 elementary) office."

Gallaway said the new procedure would reduce the district's amount of paper waste and would be easier for parents.

Scott Emery, the K-1 principal, said the information entered online would be carried over into other forms. In the past, parents had to fill out multiple forms duplicating much of the same information.

Parents who miss the April 4 deadline still will be able to register their children for kindergarten. Gallaway said district officials are focusing on the pre-registration to get a head start.

Children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2014, are eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall.

Children who are not 5 years old by Aug. 1 but who "show the potential to perform at remarkably high levels of accomplishment" are eligible for early enrollment, according to the district's website. Parents interested in early enrollment can request a packet on the website.

The district also is offering tours of the K-1 elementary building on April 29 and May 15. Tours can be scheduled on the website.

Parents who have pre-registered their children will receive a form and their children must be scheduled for a health screening April 14 or 15 at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.

Kindergartners will be assessed Aug. 4 or 5, prior to the start of the school year.

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