All NEW students for the 2023-2024 school year are requested to register in person at the school that they should attend.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How do I determine which school my student will attend?
Answer: To verify Salem Residency and determine which school your student will attend please visit our Salem Address Verification website for your school zone, enter the student's physical address, and then click on the address link. The names of the schools served by this address will appear near the top of the next page. You will be required to provide documentation of the student's residence.
Question: What documents will I need to register my child?
Answer: Proof of residency (mortgage statement, rental/lease agreement, real estate tax bill, utility bill, cable bill, check stub with address), Driver's license, Birth Certificate, any custody paperwork we need, student physical, student immunization record
Question: Can I register a Pre-School student through this link?
Answer: Pre-School registration is a multi-step process. The initial step in this process is to submit an application through the United Way’s Smart2Start website. If you have questions, please contact Salem’s preschool coordinator, Megan Crew at 540-389-0130.
Question: How do I request a registration consideration for a student living outside of Salem City School limits?
Answer: The New Nonresident Student Application and the Returning Nonresident Student Application need to be completed with ALL supporting documentation sent to Dr. Forest Jones, Director of Administrative Services, at Salem City Schools Administrative Offices, 510 South College Avenue, Salem, VA 24153, by June 30th.
Information related to your child’s registration for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year.
Age Entrance Requirements
At the time of enrollment, the child must be five years of age or reach his/her fifth birthday on or before September 30th of the school year to be eligible to attend school.
Birth Certificate Requirements
The person enrolling the child shall present, upon admission, a certified copy of the child’s birth record. If a certified copy of the pupil's birth record cannot be obtained, the person so enrolling the pupil shall submit an affidavit setting forth the pupil's age and explaining the inability to present a certified copy of the birth record. The child shall be admitted into the public schools if it is determined that the person submitting the affidavit presents information sufficient to estimate with reasonable certainty the age of such child. If a certified copy of the birth record is not provided, the administration shall immediately notify the local law enforcement agency. The notice to the local law enforcement agency shall include copies of the submitted proof of the pupil's identity and age and the affidavit explaining the inability to produce a certified copy of the birth record.
Entrance Physical Exam Requirement
Each student admitted for the first time must present a physical exam (given by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or a licensed nurse practitioner) dated within 12 months prior to the student's first day of entering school.
Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP) – A minimum of 4 doses. A child must have at least one dose of DTaP or DTP vaccine on or after their fourth birthday.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) – Effective July 1, 2019, a booster dose of Tdap vaccine is required for all children entering the 7th grade.
Hepatitis A Vaccine – Effective July 1, 2021, a minimum of 2 doses is required. The first dose should be administered at age 12 months or older.
Hepatitis B Vaccine – A complete series of 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine is required for all children. However, the FDA has approved a 2-dose schedule ONLY for adolescents 11-15 years of age AND ONLY when the Merck Brand (RECOMBIVAX HB) Adult Formulation Hepatitis B Vaccine is used.
Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR) Vaccine – A minimum of 2 measles, 2 mumps, and 1 rubella. (Most children receive 2 doses of each because the vaccine usually administered is the combination vaccine MMR). First dose must be administered at age 12 months or older. Second dose of vaccine must be administered prior to entering kindergarten but can be administered at any time after the minimum interval between dose 1 and dose 2.
Polio Vaccine – A minimum of 4 doses of polio vaccine. One dose must be administered on or after their fourth birthday.
Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine – All children born on and after January 1, 1997, shall be required to have one dose of chickenpox vaccine administered at age 12 months or older. Effective March 3, 2010, a second dose must be administered prior to entering kindergarten but can be administered at any time after the minimum interval between dose 1 and dose 2.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine - Effective July 1, 2021, a complete series of 2 doses of HPV vaccine is required for students entering the 7th grade. The first dose shall be administered before the child enters the 7th grade. After reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent or guardian, at the parent's or guardian's sole discretion, may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine.
Meningococcal Conjugate (MenACWY) Vaccine - Effective July 1, 2021, a minimum of 2 doses of MenACWY vaccine. The first dose should be administered prior to entering 7th grade. The final dose should be administered prior to entering 12th grade.
Any child whose immunizations are incomplete may be admitted conditionally, if the parent or guardian provides documentation at the time of enrollment, that the child has received at least one dose of the required immunizations and has a written schedule for completing the remaining doses within 90 days. If this requirement is not met, the child may be excluded.
Thank you for your attention and should you have questions, please direct these to the Building Principal in your child’s attendance area.