Florida law specifies that children who have attained the age of five years on or before September 1 of the school year are eligible for admission to public kindergarten during that school year. According to the Florida Department of Education, all children who have attained the age of six years or who will have attained the age of six years by February 1 of any school year are required to attend school regularly during the entire school term. If a child enters public school at age six without evidence of kindergarten completion from an official transcript, then they will be placed in the first program of study, and that is kindergarten. The child will progress according to the district’s student progression plan. Students must stay in school until age sixteen.
Here are the registration requirements:
• Certified birth certificate (for kindergarten and first grade)
• Florida Certification of Immunization (Blue Form 680), completed by a Florida physician or by a Florida county health department
• Certification of school entry health examination completed within one year of the date of enrollment
• Social Security Number
• Official documentation showing proof of legal residence of the school district attendance area
• If student was enrolled in another school district, parents must provide their latest report card
Prior to entry, attendance, or transfer to Florida schools in kindergarten through twelfth grade, each child shall have on file a Florida Certification of Immunization, DH 680, documenting the following:
• public or nonpublic schools kindergarten through twelfth grade
• Four or five doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine
• Two or three doses of hepatitis B vaccine
• Three, four, or five doses of polio vaccine*
• Two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
• Two doses of varicella vaccine† for kindergarten and grades one through three
• One dose of varicella vaccine† for grades four through ten
In addition to compliance with all other required immunizations, children entering, attending, or transferring to the seventh, eighth, or ninth grade in Florida schools must complete the following:
• One dose of tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap)
Immunization or exemption forms are available at physicians’ offices and public health departments.
* If the fourth dose of vaccine is administered prior to the fourth birthday, a fifth dose of polio vaccine is required for entry into kindergarten.
† Varicella vaccine is not required if varicella disease is documented by the health care provider.