Wayne County Public Schools will hold its kindergarten registration day 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday at all 14 elementary schools.

"We look forward to the opportunity to welcome families and offer them the opportunity to enroll their child in school for the upcoming school year," said Dr. Carol Artis, executive director of curriculum and instruction and federal programs. "Enrolling a child in kindergarten is always an exciting time for a family. We highly encourage parents or guardians to bring their child with them to kindergarten registration day to meet with teachers and school staff. Families can also pick up and complete any required paperwork."

A child must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 to register for kindergarten for the coming year. Parents/legal guardians must present an official birth certificate and immunization records to school officials. Birth certificates may be obtained from the Register of Deeds office in the county of the child's birth.

Proof of residence is also required. Parents must present two sources of documentation such as utility bills, tax bills, deed of trust, rent receipt or any document which prove current resident status. Military families living on base may present a letter from base housing as proof of residence.

North Carolina law requires that each kindergarten child receive a health assessment and appropriate shots. The health assessment must be documented on an official N.C. Health Assessment Report form, which is available through the school district, the Wayne County Health Department and most pediatricians' offices. If needed, parents/legal guardians will be given the form during registration, which must be completed by the family physician and returned by the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 27. For a complete list of enrollment requirements, as well as to find which school the child will attend, visit the district website, www.wayne countyschools.org.

Those unable to register on April 20 are asked to contact the school. If there is any question about which school they will attend, call 919-731-5900, visit the administrative offices at 2001 E. Royall Ave., or visit the website.

Students currently enrolled in kindergarten will not attend school on April 20.