Kindergarten/First Grade RegistrationParents/Guardians are asked to register their child at the Dorothy D. Call Administrative Center, 3000 Donallen Drive, Bensalem, PA. Please call 215-750-2800, ext. 4047 to schedule an appointment.On days other than February 1st and March 14th, registrations will be taken by appointment only.To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before August 31st.
Students currently enrolled in a Bensalem Township School District kindergarten program do not need to register for first grade.Those students who are new residents to Bensalem will be admitted to first grade if they have completed kindergarten in another public school district and had met the age requirements for that school district. Children who have completed a kindergarten program in a private kindergarten will not be able to be enrolled in first grade unless they meet the chronological age requirement.Students who have never completed kindergarten and wish to begin their formal schooling as a first grader must be six years old on or before August 31st.Proof of Immunization must be presented at the time of registration. Pennsylvania state law requires that all children must have the following immunizations before they may ENTER school:
DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS: 4 or more properly spaced doses of DTP, DtaP, Td or DT, or any combination of the three with 1 dose administered on or after the fourth birthday.
POLIO: 4 or more properly spaced doses of polio vaccine.
MEASLES (Rubeola): 2 properly spaced doses of measles vaccine (preferably MMR) with the first dose administered at 12 months or older.
GERMAN MEASLES (Rubella): 1 dose of rubella (preferably MMR) administered at 12 months or older.
MUMPS: 2 doses of mumps (preferably MMR) administered at 12 months or older.
HEPATITIS B: 3 properly spaced doses of hepatitis B vaccine.
VARICELLA (Chicken Pox): 2 doses of varicella administered at 12 months or older, laboratory evidence of the disease or signed immunity statement.
Children can not be registered for kindergarten unless they have a minimum of 1 DT, 1 polio, 1 measles, 1 German measles, 1 mumps, 1 hepatitis B, and 1 varicella or proof of immunity. Children can only enter school provisionally until they have received 4 DT’s, 3 polio, 2 measles, 1 German measles, 2 mumps, 3 hepatitis B, and 2 varicella or proof of immunity.NOTE: Children who are considered to be provisional should receive additional immunizations over the summer, prior to the start of the school year. Parents are asked to furnish proof of all immunizations at time of registration and after receiving any additional immunizations.
The Department of Health has changed school immunization regulations beginning in August 2017 which will affect students for the 2017-18 school year.
According to the new state regulations, the vaccinations are required by the 5th day of school. Parents will need to provide proof of immunization to the school nurse. If the parent/guardian has not provided the required documentation to the school nurse by the 5th day, the student will not be able to attend school on the following day. In the event the parent is seeking an exemption for medical or religious reasons, the parent must also submit a signed letter requesting exemption to the school nurse by the 5th day of school.
By state mandate, all kindergarten children must have a physical and dental examination. Included in the registration packet are forms for these examinations.
At registration, an acceptable document should be presented stating the child's legal name and date of birth. Acceptable documents are: Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, Passport, or Affidavit of age and physician's statement. Any deviation from the legal name must be verified by a bona fide court document authorizing the legal name change.
Four (4) Proofs of Residency must be presented at the time of registration and recorded on the registration form. Two (2) of the four (4) must be a current electric or cable television statement and proof of home ownership or lease agreement (Agreement of Sale/Lease, Property Deed, Tax Bill) along with two (2) of the following: Internal Revenue Statement, Letter from Employer (if not self-employed), Bank Statement, Driver's License, Vehicle Registration Card, Voter Registration Card, Bill Receipts Showing New Address, Utility "Turn-On" Service Statement, TV Cable/ FiOS/Satellite Activation or Billing Statement. ALL FOUR (4) PROOFS OF RESIDENCY MUST HAVE THE SAME ADDRESS INFORMATION. NO PHOTOCOPIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Parents/Guardians are asked to register their child at the school closest to their home. EXCEPTIONS TO REGISTRATION PROCEDURES INCLUDE MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY REGISTRATIONS AND AFFIDAVIT REGISTRATIONS. Multiple Occupancy Registrations are for families residing in a household owned/leased to someone other than the student's parents/guardians. Affidavit Registrations are for students residing with someone other than their parents/guardians. Registration documents may be picked up at the elementary school for completion at home prior to the registration date or you may click the link to download the forms at any time. https://www.bensalemsd.org/Page/97.