• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Minimum-age requirement for kindergarten to change

The minimum age requirement for kindergarten will change beginning next school year because of a state law with new eligibility requirements in Kentucky schools. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, children must turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 to be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten. Woodford County schools' director of staff and student services said it's important to inform parents now so they have plenty of time to make other arrangements if the change affects a child in their family. "As I understand it," said Garet Well, "the intention of (the new law) is to help ensure that students are ready when they come (to school) by requiring they be a couple of months older." Parents of children who will not meet next school year's age eligibility requirement for kindergartners can petition a school district for early entry. "So if they feel like their child is ready - even though they don't meet the guidelines," explained Wells, "they can petition us to have (a child) accessed . to determine if they are ready." Currently, 4-year-old children are eligible for kindergarten in Kentucky public schools when they turn 5 years old by Oct. 1.

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