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Kindergarten registration at Zephyr Cove Elementary

Tahoe Daily Tribune

Zephyr Cove Elementary School will conduct kindergarten registration from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 17 through March 28 at the school on Warrior Way in Zephyr Cove. Nevada school law states that a child must be 5 years of age by Sept. 30, 2003, to attend kindergarten during the 2003-2004 school year.

The purpose of spring registration is to give an estimate of the number of kindergarten students to expect for the coming school year. That number determines the number of kindergarten sections needed for the 2003-2004 school year. Every possible kindergarten youngster needs to be preregistered by the closing date. Parents should plan to register their child as soon as possible and are asked to encourage their friends who have children of kindergarten age to do so as well.

To register their children, parents need an up-to-date immunization record signed by a doctor or nurse as required by Nevada law and an original certified birth certificate. Registration will not be allowed without these two items.

On Sept. 7, 2001, the Nevada State Board of Health adopted changes to Nevada Administrative Code 392.105 that will require children enrolling into public and private schools to be vaccinated against hepatitis A, hepatitis B and varicelo (chickenpox.) Unless excused because of religious belief or medical condition, new students enrolling into a public or private school for the first time in Nevada will be required to be vaccinated against hepatitis A, hepatitis B and Varicella in addition to the previously required immunizations — diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella. Because of these new requirements, the state immunization program hopes to reduce the serious and sometimes life threatening illness caused by these vaccine-preventable diseases. These new school vaccine requirements became effective July 1, 2002, for hepatitis A and B and will become effective July 1, 2003, for varicella. A student may register if he or she has begun or completed the hepatitis A & B shot sequences. They must show proof of either starting or having completed the hepatitis A & B sequences on their immunization records.

Immunizations can be obtained from a private physician. The Douglas County Public Health Nurse has been directed by the state that she will receive a limited quantity of the hepatitis A vaccine and can only give it to children who qualify such ass low income, no insurance and some with Medicaid eligibility.

For more information call Pat Thomas at (775) 586-7235 or (775) 782-9038 for more information.