2020/2021 Kindergarten Registration Information

  • Kindergarten 2020-21 Registration Now Open

     

    Kindergarten Registration During COVID-19 Closure

    We want to welcome you and your kindergarten student to ELCO School District. Although Governor Wolf has ordered all schools to remain closed for the remainder of the academic year, it is important that we continue to receive registrations for our youngest ELCO Raiders. Due to the closure, we have made a few changes to our kindergarten registration procedures as outlined below.

    Please note: A student is eligible to begin kindergarten if he or she will be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the school year he/she will be attending.

    For families with students who will be attending Jackson Elementary, we were fortunate to have held our Kindergarten Orientation event. If you have a packet to be returned to the school, please see Steps 2, 3 and 4 below.

    For families with students who will be attending Fort Zeller Elementary, Kindergarten Orientation has been postponed indefinitely, but we will continue to complete kindergarten registration using the procedures below:

    Kindergarten Registration

    Step 1: Retrieve a Packet

    • Print a packet from the website (see kindergarten links on the left side of this page), OR
    • Pick up a packet at the ELCO Intermediate School inside the main doors during designated dates and times
      • Wednesdays during the hours of 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM through June 4th
      • Alternating Thursdays during the hours of 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM (April 30, May 7, 21, and June 4)

    Step 2: Complete a Packet

      • Read and follow all directions in the packet to provide as much information as possible.
      • Make a copy of the required documents to submit with the completed packet. Do not submit original documents with the packet.
    • What if I can’t retrieve my documents (birth certificate, etc.) because of the COVID closures?
          • We ask that you complete as much of the packet and supporting documentation as you can and submit it as soon as possible, even if you are missing a few documents. We will work with you throughout the summer to be sure to have a complete packet before the start of the school year.
    • What if I need to make a copy of a document?
          • If you are unable to make a copy of a document, please schedule an appointment to bring your documents to the ELCO District Office and we will make a copy for you. You must have an appointment.
          • Appointment Information:
            • Call and leave a message 717-866-7117 x10803 or email Tina Kunder (tkunder@elcosd.org) to make an appointment.
          • We ask that only one family member attend this appointment (one additional person is permitted if translation is needed)
    • What if I cannot get required immunizations, physical, or dental exams due to the COVID closures?
    • We ask that you complete as much of the packet and supporting documentation as you can and submit it as soon as possible, even if you are missing a few documents. We will work with you throughout the summer to be sure to have a complete packet before the start of the school year.
        • The doctor’s office can fax or email the required documentation to our District Office (FAX to: 717-866-7084 or email to tkunder@elcosd.org).

    Step 3: Return Packet

    • Mail to: ELCO District Office, 180 Elco Dr., Myerstown, PA 17067, Attn: Tina Kunder
    • Drop off the packet and copies of required documents in our secure area at the ELCO Intermediate School inside the main doors during designated dates and times
      • Wednesdays during the hours of 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM through June 4th
      • Alternating Thursdays during the hours of 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM (April 30, May 7, 21, and June 4)

    Step 4: Future Information

    • Kindergarten screenings have been postponed indefinitely.
    • Please watch for updates on this Kindergarten Registration website.
    • For additional questions, contact Tina Kunder 717-866-7117 x10803 or email (tkunder@elcosd.org).
    • We ask for your patience as we return phone calls due to limited office hours of essential staff.

     

    Kindergarten Screenings

    The staff members at Fort Zeller and Jackson Elementary are tentatively planning kindergarten screenings in the month of June after the school year has ended. Administrative Assistants from each incoming kindergarten student's respective building (Fort Zeller or Jackson) will contact families to schedule a date and time for screening, as well as provide instructions for participating in the screening online via Zoom.