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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County

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Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2020-21 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

Hoosac Valley

The Hoosac Valley Regional School District will be conducting a developmental preschool screening for all Adams and Cheshire 3- and 4-year olds on March 16 and 17 at the Hoosac Valley Elementary School, located at 14 Commercial St., Adams. The purpose of the screening is to identify children who may have substantive needs in speech/language, cognitive/thinking, emotional/social or physical development. Support services are delivered to students in a side by side program with peer models.

Students with special needs qualify for the program on their third birthday.  Students without special needs who reach their 4th birthday by Aug. 31, 2020, may qualify for the program. Peer model candidates will be selected by a lottery system. Appointments can be made by calling the Special Services Office at 413-743-2939, ext. 1107., Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. by Friday, March 13.  

The screening requires parents to bring their child along with his/her birth certificate, proof of residency and immunization records to the school.

Lanesborough

Preschool screenings are being offered at Lanesborough Elementary School, 188 Summer St., on Monday, March 2, and Wednesday, March 4, between 9 to 11:30 and noon to 2 p.m.  Screenings are open to all children who live in Lanesborough and will be 3 or 4 by Aug. 31. Screenings will be administered by certified teachers and speech and language pathologist.  There is no charge for the screenings. Call Ashley at 413-443-0027, ext. 100, to make an appointment.

North Adams

North Adams will hold its pre-kindergarten applications and screenings on March 16 and 17 at Brayton Elementary School, March 18 and 19 at Colgrove Park Elementary School and March 23 and 24 at Greylock Elementary School Children must be 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 31, 2020. To schedule an appointment, which are required, call 413-776-1666.



Parents should bring their child, proof of residency (includes photo ID, a utility bill and mortgage statement or lease); a copy of their child's birth certificate; and a copy of the most recent physical (which must be within 13 months) and a copy of their child’s immunization records to date.

Pittsfield

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 can be registered to enter kindergarten in the Pittsfield Public Schools in the fall. Families can pre-register online then bring the documentation to the Mercer School Administration Center, 269 First St., Pittsfield, Basement Level. Alternatively, parents can come directly to the administration center according to the following schedule: If child’s last name begins with A-M, registration will be March 10, 11 and 12 from 8 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. If your child's last name begins with N-Z, registration will be March 17, 18 and 19 from 8 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Parents can also come without regard to last name on March 11 or 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The following documentation must be brought when registering a child: child's birth certificate, a utility bill or a rental/lease agreement for proof of address, child's immunization records and a copy of the last doctor's physical exam, parent/guardian photo ID. Call 413-499-9507 for information.

Williamstown

Kindergarten registration will be held March 4-6 at Willamstown Elementary School. Parents of children who live in Williamstown and will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020, should stop by between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. either day to complete registration forms. Parents will meet briefly with Mr. Phillips in the principal’s office and Mrs. Stein-Payne in the health office. The whole process will take about 20 minutes.

Parents should bring a driver's license or valid photo ID, proof of residency (lease agreement, purchase & sale, proof of mortgage, etc.) and a utility bill or work order dated within the past 60 days as well as a copy of their child's birth certificate; a copy of the most recent physical with vision test; and a copy of their child’s immunization records to date. For more information, call 413-458-5707 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Preschool screenings are being offered at Williamstown Elementary School on Thursday, March 5, and Friday, March 6 between 9 and 11:30 or noon to 2 p.m.  Screenings are open to all children who live in Williamstown and will be 3 or 4 by Aug. 31.  Screenings will be administered by certified teachers and speech and language pathologist. There is no charge for the screenings. Call Eli at 413-458-5707, ext. 301, to make an appointment.


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