Families May Drop off Kindergarten Registration Forms

Families returning completed kindergarten registration materials may do so inside the Samuel Staples Elementary School (SSES) silo (flag entrance) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 2 p.m.

Parents are also welcome to mail the materials, according to Principal Kimberly Fox Santora. Mail and registrations will be collected periodically.

Sending a child to kindergarten is a milestone occasion for families and children. Under ordinary times, families hand deliver the registration materials and get to meet school staff in person.

But these are no ordinary times, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective, Monday, March 23, SSES office staff will be working remotely from home. All Easton, Redding and Region 9 students were dismissed on March 12.

Governor Ned Lamont announced that part of the ongoing civil preparedness and public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, he is directing Connecticut residents to “Stay Safe, Stay at Home.”

Lamont directed all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities in Connecticut to prohibit all in-person functions if they are able to, effective Monday, March 23 at 8 p.m. The governor is encouraging all businesses to employ, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work-from-home procedures that they can safely implement.

The order excludes any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions, such as healthcare, food service, law enforcement, and similar critical services.

Read ongoing updates from Lamont, School Superintendent Dr. Thomas McMorran, First Selectman Dr. David Bindelglass and Lamont here.

When the state determines the schools may reopen, the custodians will be working, Santora said. When that will be is unknown at this time.

These are not ordinary times, but things will get better, and kids will go back to school, some of them for the very first time.

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