What is the enrollment/registration?
This is the process by which students are admitted to the Wrentham Elementary school and includes verification of birth date, medical records, proof of residency, and submission of previous school records if applicable. Teachers are not assigned until all requirements have been met.
What is the age requirement to enroll my child in WPS?
Students entering Kindergarten must be Age 5 by August 31st. Students entering Grade 1 must be Age 6 by August 31st. Exceptions to this age requirement are made when proof is provided that a student is transferring from an accredited Kindergarten or Grade 1 program. Students entering Grades 2-6 have no age requirements.
What is residency? (Legal Reference: M.G.L. Chapter 76, Section 5)
All children of school age who actually reside in Wrentham are entitled to attend the Wrentham Public Schools unless an exception applies. The residence of a minor child is ordinarily presumed to be the legal residence of the child’s parent or legal guardian having physical custody of the child. A student's actual residence is considered to be the place where he or she lives permanently. In determining residence, Wrentham Public Schools (WPS) retains the right to require the production of a variety of records and documentation and to investigate where a student actually resides.
Why must I bring a photo ID?
A photo ID is required for all registration, change of address as proof that the person making the application matches the documentation for parent/guardian status and is also the person whose name is associated with the residency proofs. Acceptable photo ID’s include:
- Current, valid driver’s license
- Massachusetts ID card
- Military, School or Employment ID
- Another government issued ID that includes both your photo and legal name
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What if I don’t have the required proofs with me when I Register?
All new applicants are required to submit the required proofs. Applicants who do not have the required documents will be asked to return to the office with the appropriate materials in order to register. There are no acceptable substitutions for items on the list of acceptable proofs.
Will my child start on the day I bring in the Forms?
Students will not start on the day forms are submitted as time is needed for the health office to certify records and new student data must be entered into the school’s student information system. The school may also ask that a new student be brought in at another date for informal academic screening in order to best place the student.
When can I expect to hear about my child’s new teacher placement?
Teachers are assigned after all verification materials have been checked and approved by school personnel. New teachers are given at least 2 days notification that a new student will be assigned to their class. Transportation will be arranged through the WPS district bus coordinator and this may take up to 2 days. For summer enrollments, the teacher naming letter will be sent in mid-August.
How is the teacher selected?
The records of the new student are reviewed by the Principal and/or Director of Student Services. The best match is made given the record, screening, and parent information provided. The school Administrative Assistant will call the student’s parent(s) to inform the family of their child's class assignment.
What if my family doesn’t have a permanent residence?
The proof of residency policy does not apply to homeless students and families covered in the McKinney-Vento Act. Contact the school for assistance with registering your child, if you believe you qualify as homeless under the Act. If you are staying in the shelter, bring a letter from the shelter staff stating that you are living there.
How can I report a suspected violation of the residency policy?
Residency fraud is a violation of Massachusetts state law and is subject to per diem fines for every day that a student attends school outside the district s/he legally resides. Anonymous residency-related tips can be left on the voice mail service at the school number 508.384.5430 or reported to the building principal or director of student services. Both of these individuals will be responsible for reporting the alleged violation to the Superintendent.
Will documents that I submit to prove residency remain confidential?
All documents submitted to prove residency will be considered part of his or her confidential record. WPS will adhere to the standards of confidentiality set forth in state and federal laws in maintenance of these records.
Please note-all items on the Pre-Enrollment Checklist are required prior to visiting the office.
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