Missoula County Public Schools has begun registering students for kindergarten for fall 2019 in its nine elementary schools.

Communications Director Hatton Littman said registration for kindergarten is open all year, but there are specific reasons why they want students preregistered in March.

“In the springtime, we really like to get the families of those incoming kindergarteners into our school and ready to register their students,” said Littman.” We’re encouraging our parents to get into one of our nine elementary schools between Monday, March 11th and Friday, April 12th.”

Littman said due to the number of students expected to register for next year, early registration will help to guarantee a spot.

“We do have an increase in enrollment for Missoula, so as we have families that register for school late in the summer or the week before school starts, there are some occasions where certain grade levels will become full,” she said. “We need three documents to accompany any registration for school. We need the child’s birth certificate, a proof of address, such as a power or utility bill, and we also need a record of the child’s immunization. In the state of Montana it is allowable that you can complete a waiver of immunizations if you have a religious exemption, and families will need to renew that exemption every school year.”

Littman said MCPS is expecting between 600 and 700 students in kindergarten for the next school year.