Kindergarten registration in the Tamaqua Area School District will be held on March 15, 16 and 17 at the Tamaqua Elementary School and March 18 at the West Penn Elementary School. Students residing in Walker and Schuylkill Townships will register on March 15, students within the Borough of Tamaqua will register on March 16 and students residing in Rush Township will register on March 17.

Before bringing a child to register, parents/guardians should call 570-668-3306, the week of Feb. 15, during the hours of 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., to schedule an appointment. Scheduling appointments avoid delays during the registration process.

Children who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2010, who reside within the Tamaqua Area School District boundaries, are eligible for kindergarten according to policy adopted by the school district.

A state issued birth certificate or other acceptable proof of age and name, proof of residency and immunization records are required for each child who is registered.

State law requires that all children entering school for the first time must have written proof of the following immunizations: four doses of tetanus (one dose must have had to be administered on or after the fourth birthday), four doses of diphtheria (one dose must have had to be administered on or after the fourth birthday), three doses of poliomyelitis/infantile paralysis, two doses of measles, two doses of mumps, one dose of rubella (German measles), three doses of hepatitis B, two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease. Parents/guardians are advised to bring the necessary immunization records to the registration clinic along with your child. Proof of these immunizations must be provided before the child will be admitted to school.

Since all children are now required to have a Social Security number, it is optional to provide the school with this number.

An orientation session for parents who intend to enroll thier chil in kindergarten will be held March 1, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Tamaqua Elementary School. Information on district policies and registration requirements will be provided.