Lexington-Richland School District Five is now accepting applications for its 2020-2021 4-year-old kindergarten programs and implementing additional safety measures for screenings in response to COVID-19.

Potential students must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2020. Parents of children meeting this age eligibility can find the applications online under Youth and Family Services (4K.). To apply, parents must visit their zoned schools, fill out an application online, and show original documentation. Please contact the school to setup a time to meet with the school registrar to set up a screening appointment and provide the following documents:

  • The student’s legal birth certificate
  • One proof of residency, such as a: (1) mortgage statement, (2) lease agreement, (3) property tax or (4) utility bill showing your correct home address.

Mailed applications will not be accepted, and families are encouraged to apply by June 30.

Students are screened to assess school readiness skills. Acceptance priority will be given to students with the greatest needs of basic school readiness skills based on assessment. Parents should be aware that applications and screenings do not constitute acceptance into a program.

Each school is contacting all families to provide instruction and guidelines for screenings to keep everyone informed and safe. School District Five will be following the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control recommended social distancing guidelines during the screenings. The safety measures are as follows:

  • All adults administering the screenings will be wearing masks.
  • The district asks that all adults that bring children to screenings also wear masks. The district will have masks available for adults that enter the building if they do not have one.
  • Each school and each station with be equipped with hand sanitizer. 
  • All materials and rooms will be sanitized between each child’s session.  
  • Children and screeners will be kept at a distance of 6 feet apart. 
  • The screeners are wearing gloves and changing them after each session.
  • No pens will be shared.

“School District Five has exceptional 4K classes district-wide to prepare students for success in academia and beyond,” said School District Five Coordinator of Youth & Family Services Davida Price. “We encourage all parents of District Five students who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 to apply and have their students screened for basic school readiness skills. Early education is important, and we are proud to offer top quality 4K programs to the community.”

In addition to needs-based 4K programs, School District Five also offers a tuition-based 4K program. Open to any student in the district; the EXCEL (Exposing Children to Early Learning) tuition-based program requires no screening and offers standards-based curriculum, ability-based instruction, a certified teacher and special area classes. The EXCEL program is housed at Irmo Elementary School.

For more information on District Five 4K programs, contact Davida Price or Barbara Coker in School District Five’s Department of Youth & Family Services at 803-476-8240. To apply for District Five’s 4K EXCEL program, contact Irmo Elementary School at 476-4200.

Additionally, kindergarten enrollment also has begun for students who will be five years-old on or before September 1. Parents and guardians of children meeting this eligibility deadline can apply online at https://registration.lexrich5.org. In-person registration is also available at their zoned elementary schools, please contact the school to set up an appointment. Required documents include:

  • The student’s legal birth certificate
  • A current South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, or a South Carolina Certificate of Medical or Religious Exemption
  • A property tax receipt or a rental lease showing all occupants
  • Two utility bills showing the current home address

For more information on District Five’s 5-year-old kindergarten program or the online registration form, contact your zoned elementary school.