by Mike Knaak
Preparations for next fall’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will operate differently this year to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions.
The usual registration and orientation for students at Oak Ridge Early Learning Center will take place virtually this January and February.
Early childhood registration for 3- and 4-year-olds will take place online from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25. Registration and orientation for parents of next fall’s kindergartners will take place a week later, from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1.
A link to the online events will be sent to families starting the week of Jan. 4.
The programs will start with a half-hour presentation to introduce staff and programs. Then there will be time for questions, according to Oak Ridge Principal Jason Mielke. Parents will be able to type in questions during the YouTube Live event. The program also will include information about Boys & Girls Club’s child-care programs.
For parents who can’t watch the scheduled events, the programs will be recorded and available on the school’s website within a week. There will be no in-person tours or registration this year.
Preschool options include morning and afternoon sessions and days-per-week options.
Kindergarten students need to be 5 years old by Sept. 1.