ConVal changes entrance age policy 

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 6:25PM

The ConVal School District has moved the kindergarten and first grade entrance age forward by five weeks and is enrolling children who will have turned five years old by Sept. 30 for kindergarten this fall.

The ConVal School Board modified two parts of a policy regarding entrance age during its meeting Tuesday night.

Beginning in the fall, a student can enter kindergarten if they turn 5 years old before Sept. 30 of the school year. Then in the fall of 2019, a student can enter first grade if they are 6 years old before Sept. 30 of the school year.

The vote to change the policy was unanimous. 

Kristen Reilly, a Peterborough school board member, sent a statement to the Ledger-Transcript mapping out the change.

“These changes better align ConVal with surrounding school districts having similar age entrance requirements,” the statement said. 

The prior policy said students could enter kindergarten if they were 5 years old before Aug. 25 of the school year. The policy also said that students would enter first grade if their age was 6 years old before Aug. 25 of the school year.  

No other adjustments  were made to the policy  during the meeting Tuesday night, the statement said.  

Additional kindergarten screenings are being held to include children turning 5 years old prior to Sept. 30 of the 2018-19 school year.

The SAU has announced kindergarten registration and screenings to take place in all towns -- Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon and Temple -- from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 26. The child must be 5 years old before Sept. 30.