• TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN & KINDERGARTEN 

     
    kids The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District offers Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten at all District elementary schools. 
     
     
    For school year 2019-20, children entering TK during the upcoming school year must be five years old on or before December 2, 2019 (CA Dept. of Education - TK), and children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 1, 2019 (CA Dept. of Education - K).  In the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District, children turning five on or after December 3, 2019, are not eligible for TK and can enroll in TK or kindergarten in the fall of the following year. 
     
    REGISTRATION for school year 2019-20 will begin the week of February 25 - March 1, 2019, at all District elementary schools. Registration times are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Friday. Parents should register their children at the school in their attendance area. Registration is not available online, however, several forms are available to download below.  (Parents can determine their attendance area here: School/Site Locator.) District Day Care registration (2019-20) for TK & kindergarten is done during the same week (Monday, February 25 through Friday, March 1, 2019) after a student has successfully registered for school. Day Care space is limited. TK/K Registration will continue through May 31, 2019, however, students who register late may have to be accommodated at other school sites depending upon enrollment
     
    In order for parents/guardians to receive a TK or Kindergarten registration packet, please bring the following when you register (documents must be dated within 30 days of registration/enrollment): ORIGINAL  Proof of Residence* (PG&E or Water Bill in parent's/guardian's name), Home Purchase/Construction Contract/Escrow Documents if purchasing a new home, Rental Agreement from a Property Management Company only (no private party agreements accepted), or Official Documentation from the County of Kern, the State of Californian or Federal Agency); ORIGINAL Immunization Record; ORIGINAL Birth Certificate; and Proof of Physical (must be completed within six months of the start of school).
     
    * Throughout the year there will be random checks for verification of address. Any falsification or misrepresentation of Proof of Residence will result in: revocation of enrollment in the Panama-Buena Vista School District; transfer to the school of legal residence, be referred to the District Attorney’s office for appropriate action. Please notify the school of any change in address. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN
     
    Transitional Kindergarten is a program that is available to young learners the year before they enter kindergarten. TK is a bridge between the preschool years and kindergarten and gives young students an opportunity to learn and grow in a classroom that is designed to meet their academic and social needs. In our district, for the 2017-18 school year, the TK program will serve children turning five in September, October and November (through December 2) and will be offered to other age-appropriate children who can benefit from the educational program provided in the TK setting. Parents should register their children and obtain immunization requirements at their resident school. On time registration assists the school district in appropriate staffing at the schools.
     
    KINDERGARTEN (Students already attending TK in a PBVUSD school, will automatically be enrolled in kindergarten the next school year - no further action by parents is necessary.)

    A big day is approaching for your child . . . the first day of kindergarten. The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District is pleased to welcome your child. Kindergarten is a milestone in your child's life. It is not only the beginning of his or her first formal education, but will be the first step toward life-long learning and social participation.

    This should be an adventure for your child and for the entire family. Our school system considers parents as partners in your child's education. By working together, we can be assured that your child receives the best possible learning experience. This booklet contains information to help you and your child prepare for your school's kindergarten program.

     
    Age Eligibility A child must be five years of age by September 1 to enter kindergarten. If an age-ineligible child completes a full year of kindergarten in a private school, that child will be enrolled in TK per CDE admission requirements. A child who turns five years old after September 1 is not eligible for kindergarten in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District and will be enrolled in TK.
     
    Proof of Age – Per Education Code Section 48000(a), children entering kindergarten must be five years of age on or before September 1. Proof of age will be required for all enrolling kindergartners. The legal evidences of age, in order of desirability, are a birth certificate, baptismal certificate, passport, immigration certificate, or notarized affidavit from the parent/guardian. Documents presented for proof of age must be originals. Copies will not be accepted.
     
    Health Record, Physical Exam, Oral Exam
     
    Downloadable documents/forms (English & Spanish): 
    A physical examination or statement from your family health advisor is required for school attendance (District Board policy). For school year 2019-20, the physical exam must be completed on or after February 16 of the year of expected Transitional Kindergarten and/or kindergarten enrollment. State law requires that the child have: 
    • 4 doses of polio vaccine
    • 5 doses of D.P.T. (diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus) vaccine
    • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
    • 2 measles (rubeola), rubella, mumps (MMR) immunization
    • 1 dose of varicella (chickenpox) immunization or documentation of immunity before entering school.

    Health records should include information on any special health problems. Parents will be given additional information at registration.

    California law, Education Code Section 49452.8, requires that your child have an oral health assessment by May 31 in Transitional Kindergarten, kindergarten, or first grade, whichever is his or her first year of public school. The law specifies that the assessment must be performed by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional. Oral health assessments that have happened within the 12 months before your child enters school also meet this requirement.

    If you have questions regarding TK or kindergarten programs, first contact your neighborhood school. For further questions, contact the District’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction at (661) 831-8331, ext. 6102.

    QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE Quick Reference Guide for Eligibility

    Date Child Turns 5                                       Placement

    January 1 - September 1, 2019        -     Eligible for K or TK (case by case assessment)
    September 2 - December 2, 2019     -     Eligible for TK 
    December 3, 2019 & after               -     Not eligible to attend TK or K until 2020-21