Pre-K roundup set May 23

Kids who live inside the Port Aransas ISD boundaries who will be 4 years old as of Sept. 1 are invited to bring their parents to a Pre-K Roundup on Monday, May 23.

It will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the prekindergarten classroom at H.G. Olsen Elementary School, 100 S. Station St.

Kids and their parents will be shown the classroom, and their questions about the pre-K program will be answered by school staff.

Registration packets may be picked up at the Roundup and also will be available at the school office beginning the next day.

Students who qualify for state-funded pre-kindergarten, based on a review of approved documentation, will be accepted into the PAISD all-day kindergarten.

Students who do not qualify for state-funded pre-kindergarten will be accepted on a space-available basis as long as registration packets with required documents have been submitted.

In the past, Port Aransas ISD also has offered a half-day pre-kindergarten, but due to the needs of the students and a lack of staffing, the board of trustees voted to eliminate the half-day program at a meeting in April.

Director Nana Ward at the Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Day School said her school could take on students whose families want them in a half-day program, “if we have openings.”

“Every effort will be made to notify parents as soon as possible if space is available and if they have been accepted, or if they have been added to the waitlist,” a school spokesperson said.

Registration packets may be turned in beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, in the school office.

“Registration packets will not be accepted unless the forms are completed and all documents are provided,” according to a school spokesperson.

Documents required to be submitted along with the registration forms include proof of residency, current immunization record, birth certificate, Social Security card, parent/guardian photo identification and proof of family income. Staff will be available at the Round-Up to answer questions about the forms or required documents.

“We appreciate your patience as we navigate these new procedures for our prekindergarten program,” said Olsen Elementary School Principal Kelye Garcie.

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