Education briefs, June 3, 2020

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/Christine Harrison
Local school staff and volunteers bid a fond farewell on Thursday to National Guardsmen who have been helping to distribute food to Dorchester students. Dorchester County Public Schools and other groups have been supplying children with meals during the pandemic shutdown, ensuring good nutrition at a time when many students are unable to access their regular meals in school.

PreK and Kindergarten
Pre-Registration is now open. If your child attended Pre-K in Dorchester County, you do not need to fill out a registration form for Kindergarten. There are three choices to start the process:
• Complete the online Pre-Registration form, someone from the school will contact you.
• Call the school that your child will attend and leave a message with your name, your child’s name, your child’s date of birth, your address and phone number.
• Call the Central Office (410-228-4747) and leave a message with the information above.
You will need the following to complete registration:
• Immunization Records and lead testing results
• Birth Certificate
• Proof of Residence – electric or water bill, lease, mortgage, etc.
• Social Security Card
• Child’s address, phone number, parent names (proof of custody if not natural parents), parent’s work number, and an emergency contact name and phone number
Income verification will be needed for Pre-K registration. Any of the items below will be accepted:
• Tax return from previous year
• Most recent paycheck stubs (from last two pay periods)
• TCA case number
Other income document approved by principal/designee
Pre-K must be 4 year old on or before Sept. 1, 2020.
Kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020.
Attendance is compulsory – exemptions can be obtained from Student Services.
First grade must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020.
Return to SU
In accordance with guidance from Governor Larry Hogan and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salisbury University has announced new safety protocols for employees as it enters the first phase of its “Return to Campus” plan leading to the fall semester.
Beginning Monday, critical employees with job duties that cannot be completed off campus were required to check in at COVID-19 symptom screening stations before reporting to their worksites.
Those not identified as having symptoms will be cleared to continue to work. Those with symptoms will be directed to contact their supervisors and provided with information regarding self-confinement and seeking medical care.
Currently, fewer than 300 critical employees are cleared to be on SU’s campus, divided among multiple shifts. Most work from home.
Campus buildings remain closed to the public. All in-person summer events have been canceled. For information, call 410-543-6030 or visit salisbury.edu/coronavirus.