Georgia State law requires all students entering the first grade to be six years old on or before September 1. Students entering the kindergarten program must be five years old on or before September 1. A certified birth certificate with a state file number is required for students enrolling in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first and second grade. (A certified birth certificate may be obtained from the Glynn County Vital Records Department.) In cases of extreme financial hardship, the birth certificate issued by the hospital (with the hospital number and seal) may be accepted.
If a child is not enrolled in kindergarten or the first grade during the first six weeks of school, the child shall not be admitted to the first grade until the beginning of the next school year with the following exceptions:
A child may be admitted to the first grade if a physician certifies that illness prevented enrollment during the first school month.
A child who reaches the age of six (6) years of age on or before September 1 must be enrolled upon application during that school year.
State law requires that the parents or guardians of a child entering school in Georgia for the first time present to school authorities a certificate of immunization. This certificate states that the child has been immunized from contagious diseases itemized by the State Board of Health.
The Glynn County Board of Health will determine whether or not a student has a communicable disease or other ailment, which requires adjusted school activities or removal from school for a period of time.
All students entering school in the state of Georgia for the first time must secure a vision, hearing, and dental evaluation. This evaluation may be obtained from the Glynn County Board of Health and/or through a private physician. Upon completion of the evaluation, a certificate may be issued by the Glynn County Board of Health and/or physician, and this certificate is necessary for students to be enrolled in kindergarten and/or the first grade.
State law also requires that no student shall be admitted to any public school of the state until the parent or guardian provides to proper school authorities an official copy of the child’s social security number which shall be incorporated into the official school records pertaining to that child. A parent or guardian who objects to the incorporation of the social security number into the school records of a child may have the requirement waived by signing a statement objecting to the requirement.