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Wake County parents face kindergarten registration problems

Magreth Mushi memorializes the commencement of the educational career of her daughter, Fahimi Kitindi, during a day-long event at Marbles Kids Museum designed to ready the Class of 2028 for its first day of school Saturday, August 22, 2015.
Magreth Mushi memorializes the commencement of the educational career of her daughter, Fahimi Kitindi, during a day-long event at Marbles Kids Museum designed to ready the Class of 2028 for its first day of school Saturday, August 22, 2015. jneff@newsobserver.com

Some Wake County parents are being told to wait a day until the registration process is complete so they can try to get their rising kindergartener into a magnet school for this fall.

Thursday marks the start of the period when parents of rising kindergarten students can pre-enroll their children for the 2016-17 school year. School officials have urged parents to register early so that the district can get accurate kindergarten enrollment counts and also because it’s required if those families want to submit a magnet school application.

But parents who’ve shown up at their child’s base school have encountered problems registering because the PowerSchool data system has been down.

PowerSchool is now back up, according to Lisa Luten, a Wake County schools spokeswoman.

But even if PowerSchool was up all day, Luten said many parents wouldn’t have gotten their rising kindergartener’s identification number today anyway. The ID number is needed for the magnet application.

Luten said elementary schools often have large numbers of families registering for kindergarten on the first day. She said that school data managers are so busy on the first day that they’re often just confirming that parents have brought all the necessary forms for kindergarten registration.

When things slow down, Luten said that the data managers enter the information into PowerSchool.

Luten said that parents who’ve tried to register today should get their child’s ID number by Friday. The magnet application period runs to Jan. 22 and is not done on a first come, first served basis.

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