Graves Schools Announce Registration Requirements
By Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools
MAYFIELD, KY - Parents of a student entering preschool/Head Start, Kindergarten, sixth grade, or transferring into the Graves County School System for the 2013-14 school year must comply with the health requirements of Kentucky State Regulations. The requirements are strictly enforced.
All Graves County schools’ first day of the 2013-14 school year is Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Each student enrolling must present a birth certificate and a completed medical examination form. All students enrolling in any Graves County school for the first time must furnish evidence from a licensed physician showing that the child has been immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, rubella, and poliomyelitis. Forms may be obtained from a physician’s office or at the Mayfield-Graves County Health Department.
Students aged 6 and younger who are enrolling in public school for the first time must provide proof of an eye examination – not an eye screening – conducted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist prior to the first day of school. All students must have on file an up-to-date immunization certificate. All transfer students must present a completed medical examination form and a Kentucky immunization certificate. Parents or guardians of transfer students should sign a release form in order for the school district to obtain records from the school previously attended.
Those students entering the sixth grade must have a second varicella, TdaP, meningitis shot, as well as a recent physical examination.
Students enrolled or enrolling in the Graves County School System must comply with all Kentucky health laws, rules and regulations except as provided in KRS 214:036.
Kindergarten students must present these items on registration day: a current Kentucky immunization certificate, a copy of the birth certificate, a copy of the Social Security card number, proof of an eye examination – not an eye screening – conducted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, and proof of physical examination on a form provided by the Kentucky Department of Education. Students are required to have a current, up-to-date Kentucky immunization certificate. Head Start physicals will be accepted if recorded on the proper form.
Kentucky law KRS 156.160(l) requires proof of a dental screening or examination by a dentist, dental hygienist, physician, registered nurse, advanced registered nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. This evidence must be presented to the school no later than Jan. 1 of the first year that a 5- or 6-year-old child is enrolled in public school.
A student must be 5 years of age by Oct. 1 of the 2013-14 school year before entering Kindergarten.
Parents should call immediately to schedule an appointment with their family physician or the Graves County Health Department, as state regulations and local policy mandate strict enforcement of these requirements. The Graves County Health Department is located in Mayfield on Central Avenue and can be reached by phoning (270) 247-3553.
To learn more, parents may contact the school their child will attend. In order to avcoid long distance charges, those living in northern Graves County may use the 674 prefix and those in southern Graves County may use the 328 prefix. Schools and the last four digits of their telephone numbers include: Central at 4900, Cuba at 4810, Fancy Farm at 4820, Farmington at 4830, Lowes at 4840, Sedalia at 4850, Symsonia at 4860, and Wingo at 4870.
Each high school student new to the Graves County School District needs to enroll at Graves County High School Thursday, July 18, or Friday, July 19, between 8 am and 2 pm.
All elementary and middle school students new to the district should enroll at their respective schools Monday, July 22, between 8 a.m. and noon.