Student Registration

Registration Forms 


Admission to Kindergarten and First Grade

In accordance with RI General Laws § 16-2-27 (Eligibility for Attendance – Kindergarten)

Every child who has attained, or will have attained, five (5) years of age on or before September 1 of any school year shall be eligible to attend kindergarten during all the days that the kindergartens are in session during the school year. If a child is enrolled in kindergarten, the attendance requirements of  § 16-19-1 shall apply.

In accordance with RI General Laws § 16-2-28 (Eligibility for Attendance – 1st Grade)

Every child who has completed or will have completed six (6) years of life on or before September 1 of any school year shall be eligible to attend first grade during all the days that the public schools are in session during the school year. Every child shall be eligible to attend first grade only upon completion of a state recognized or accredited kindergarten program.

The policy of the Cumberland School Committee is that students will enter school at the ages prescribed by Rhode Island state regulation.  Other than the one exception listed below, the September 1st requirement shall not be waived.

STUDENTS WHO COMPLETE KINDERGARTEN FROM A STATE RECOGNIZED OR ACCREDITED KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

Those students who successfully complete an accredited kindergarten program as demonstrated by official grade reports and who have not turned 6 by September 1 and whose parent/guardian wish for them to enter grade 1, a letter requesting placement in grade 1 will be made to the Superintendent/Designee by May 1 of each school year.

By June 30, a final report card and letter of recommendation from the child’s kindergarten must be provided to the Office of the Superintendent/Designee.

Information will be reviewed by the Assistant Superintendent, submitted to the Superintendent for final approval and recommendation to the Cumberland School Committee at their first meeting scheduled in August of that year.

Cumberland School Department Policy J-1 Admission to Kindergarten and First Grade

Student Registration Questions and Answers

The following Q&A is intended to answer some common questions. Please feel free to contact the Student Registration Center directly if you require further information.

How Do I Register My Child for School?

Come to the Student Registration Center located in the school department’s administrative offices, located in the Cumberland High School complex at 2600/2602 Mendon Road. The Center is in the round building on the right, known as the Transitional (or Trans) Building. Go in the front door and the Student Registration Center is directly in front of you.

The hours of the Student Registration Center are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday through Thursday. The center is closed on Fridays.

What Documentation Do I Need to Register?

Bring the following documents:

  1. Proof of Residency: TWO FORMS REQUIRED (current documentation) Parents who are homeowners (choose 1): property tax bill, fire tax bill, water bill, new purchase and sales agreement.  Parents who are renting (choose 1):  lease agreement or rent receipt with your name and address and landlord’s name and phone number. Both homeowners and renters (choose 1):  gas, electric, cable or cell phone bill or credit card statement.  Please be advised we cannot accept licenses, vehicle tax bills or mortgage statements.
  2. Proof of Birth: Original Birth Certificate or Passport for each child you are registering.
  3. Immunization Records for each child with month, day and year of shots for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP); polio; varicella (chicken pox) or proof of disease; rubella, measles and mumps (MMR); Hepatitis B vaccine; proof of hearing screening; proof of vision screening; and proof of lead screening test; OR a certificate from a licensed physician stating that your child is not subject to immunization for medical reasons.  Please be advised that baby books are no longer accepted.

Please Note: bring your child’s most recent Report Card and/or Transcript when enrolling in the new school.

If you choose, you can also download a copy of the district’s registration form, print it out, and fill out as much as possible before coming to the Student Registration Center. Adobe Reader is required to view and print the forms.

School Bus Transportation

Our public school bus transportation is provided by Durham School Services. As part of the registration process, we will notify Durham if your child is eligible to take the bus.

The Cumberland School Committee provides transportation for all students within the Town limits who reside so far from school as to make their regular attendance impractical.  In addition, the Committee provides transportation for students attending public or private non-profit schools beyond the Town limits providing the schools are located within the appropriate region and are established as regional schools as per the State statutes.

Students may be expected to walk the following distances to their school or bus stop given that the walking route is deemed safe:

  • Kindergarten – 1/4 Mile
  • Grades 1 through 5 – 3/4 Mile
  • Grades 6 through 8 – 1.5 Miles
  • Grades 9 through 12 – 2 Miles

The Committee annually approves all bus routes and bus stops within thirty (30) days after the opening of school and only such approved routes are to be followed.

If you need to make a change to your transportation routine, please fill out a Request to Change Transportation form and send it to Cumberland School Department, Mail to: 2602 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864, or fax it to 401-658-3257,  ATTN: Marian Varone / Cumberland Transportation Request. All requests will be reviewed, and you will be contacted as to whether the request has been approved or denied.

Download the Request to Change Transportation Form (PDF)

Cumberland Elemementary School Boundry Map

Cumberland Middle School Boundry Map

How Do I Contact the Student Registration Center?

We are located at 2602 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864, in the Transitional Building at the Cumberland High School.

Telephone: 401-658-1600 x7
Fax: 401-658-4620
Email: laurie.jencks@cumberlandschools.org

The hours of the Student Registration Center are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday through Thursday. The center is closed on Fridays.

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