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School Registration, Track Preference for 2017-18 Begins


Families with incoming kindergartners and first-time students attending year-round classes next school year in Washoe County can register now and indicate a preferred track.

To be included in the track selection process, parents must register their child with the Washoe County School District between Dec. 5 and Jan. 14. Registration can be done in person at zoned schools or online at www.washoeschools.net/page/1155. Once registered, a Family Track Preference Form can be completed.

The four tracks are blue, green, purple and yellow. To view track calendars, visit www.washoeschools.net/mtyr.

Brown, Double Diamond, Alice Smith and Spanish Springs Elementary schools are scheduled to hold random draws between Jan. 23 and Feb. 3, 2017.

Enrollment at these four schools was 20 percent or more over capacity this year, which triggered multi-track year-round classes the following year. Such calendars increase a school’s capacity by 25 percent as it operates with staggered break times for four tracks of students.

Children must be age five on or before Sept. 30, 2017 to enter kindergarten. Those entering as first graders or second graders must be six or seven by that date, respectively. Parents or guardians must produce a utility bill showing their address, along with the child’s immunization records and original birth certificate.

Year-round calendars are expected to be in effect several years until new schools are built to relieve crowding.

Last month’s passage of ballot question WC-1 increases the sales tax 0.54 percent and is expected to raise about $781 million during the next nine years to build 15 new schools and refurbish older schools. However, the first priority is an addition to Damonte Ranch High School. The first new elementary schools are slated for south Reno and Sun Valley in fall 2019.

Those unsure which school their children are zoned for can visit VersaTrans and type in their home address.

Additional questions regarding registration can be directed to zoned schools.

Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.




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