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March 28, 2013

Parents line up for pre-kindergarten

DUNCAN — The first parents arrived at 2 a.m., and by 4 a.m., a line was starting to form.

Pre-enrollment for Duncan pre-kindergarten began at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. But parents began arriving much earlier to ensure there would be enough room for their children.

“It’s a well oiled machine,” pre-k financial clerk Barbara Fleetwood said. “It takes all of us.”

Through pre-enrollment, parents are able to choose which school (Will Rogers and Irving pre-kindergarten centers) and which teacher they want their children to have for the upcoming school year. The pre-k program had room for 125 students at Will Rogers and 100 students at Irving.

This year, the process was updated to include the school district nurses. The nurses checked with parents to find out which immunizations their children have had and which one they are still lacking.

“We’ve never had the nurses before,” Fleetwood said. “It helps them. It takes so long to look up shot records.”

She said the inclusion of the nurses helps put the district ahead of next year.

Koree Wilkerson, pre-k assistant principal, said enrolling pre-kindergarten in the fashion as it was done Thursday helps the process run smoother. She said the process is all about making sure students have everything they need to get started.

Before students could be enrolled, parents had to take a copies of their children’s birth certificates, immunization records and various other documents. During pre-enrollment, parents were given a form to complete for each child being enrolled.

The information supplied to the school district for pre-kindergarten enrollment will stay with students throughout their school careers. Wilkerson said that’s why the documents being filled out are so important.

“We need it all to start school,” Wilkerson said. “Once they’ve done it for us, they won’t have to do it again.”

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