GENERAL QUESTIONS

 

Q: Is my child eligible for kindergarten?

A: To be eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2017, your child must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2017.

 
Q: What school will my child attend? 

A: Your child’s school assignment will appear once you’ve entered your street address and house number on the online registration form. School assignments are based on District policy.


Q: What options do I have for sending my child to kindergarten?

A: Westwood Public Schools offers both a half-day and a full-day kindergarten program.

 
Q: What are the hours of the full-day kindergarten program for Downey, Hanlon, Martha Jones and Sheehan schools?

A: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hours are 8:50am through 3:10pm. Wednesday hours are 8:50am through 11:50am. (Every Wednesday is an early release for kindergarten students.)
 
Q: What are the full-day kindergarten program hours for Deerfield?

A: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hours are 8:25am through 2:45pm. Wednesday hours are 8:25am through 11:25am. (Every Wednesday is an early release for kindergarten students.)
 

 Q: What are the half-day kindergarten program hours?

A: For all elementary schools, other than Deerfield, the hours are 8:50am through 11:50am; Deerfield's hours are 8:25am through 11:25am.
 

Q: Once I've decided which program I would like to send my child to, how do I register?

A: The registration process begins online. Please select the registration button to begin the process.

 

Q: Is there a cost associated with either the half- or full-day program? 

A: Yes, the cost of the full-day program is $1,800* which is split into two payments of $900 each. There is no cost associated with the half-day program.

 

*Full or partial fee waivers will be considered for families who have a verified financial need, are free and reduced lunch students, or for children repeating kindergarten. 

       
If any of the above conditions apply to you or your child, please submit a written request for a financial waiver or payment plan to Ann Brown, Assistant to the Superintendent at abrown@westwood.k12.ma.us.
 

Q: Is there a discounted tuition for siblings attending full-day kindergarten in the same year?

A: Yes. The policy of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education stipulates that "Districts must offer families a discounted tuition for siblings attending full-day kindergarten in the same year" as follows:

 

  • The family pays the full assessed tuition ($1,800) for the first child, using the sliding fee scale;
  • The family pays half of the assessed tuition ($900) for the second child, using the sliding fee scale;
  • The family pays one quarter of the assessed tuition ($450) for the third child, using the sliding fee scale. 

 

Q: My child currently has an IEP in preschool; will he/she automatically receive a full-day IEP in kindergarten?

A: No. Whether a child requires a full-day kindergarten program or not is based on a TEAM decision.

 
QUESTIONS REGARDING REGISTRATION
 
Q: What information will I need to register my child online?

A: We suggest that you gather the necessary information prior to going online—you will not have access to the registration page once you’ve submitted the form. In addition to the student’s name, address, parent name(s) and address, you will need the following information to complete the registration:
 

  • Parent/guardian phone numbers including home, cell, and work
  • Parent/guardian e-mail address
  • At least two alternate emergency contacts (in addition to parent information), including name and phone number
  • Physician name, address, and phone number
  • Dentist name and phone number
  • Student medical history ***

 

*** Please note that if you prefer not to include your child's medical history on the online registration form, then please click here to download a blank form that you can complete and return to your neighborhood school with other required documentation. 

 
Q: Once I register online, will the registration process be complete?

A: No. You will need to bring the following required documents to your neighborhood school between 8:45am and 3:30pm prior to Friday, March 10, 2017:

 

Q: What is the last step in the registration process?

A: If you chose the full-day program, the last step is to make a payment. The first payment of $900 is due by June 1, 2017.

 

Q: When is the second payment due?

A:  The second payment is due November 1, 2017. No invoices or reminders will be mailed to you.


Q: How do I make a payment?

A: You have the option of making an online payment or paying by check.


Q: I want to make an online payment, how do I do that?

A: Click here to access the online payment. 


Q: I would prefer to mail a check. Who do I make the check payable to, and where do I send it?

A: Checks should be made payable to Westwood Public Schools. Please write your child’s name and school name on the memo line of the check.

 

Checks can be mailed to: 

Kindergarten Program

Westwood Public Schools 

220 Nahatan Street

Westwood, MA 02090

 

There is also a green drop-box located on the left-hand side of the driveway in front of the District Administration office for your convenience.
 

Q: I may need before or after school coverage. How do I receive information on the before and after school programs?

A: Please contact Janice VanHyning, Extended Day Coordinator, at 781-326-7500, x7531 or by email at jvanhyning@westwood.k12.ma.us.  

 
Please use the following links for information regarding Kindergarten Registration, Bus Transportation, and Food Service.

 

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