Section 16-28-4

Minimum age at which child may enter.

(a) A child who is six years of age on or before September 1 or the date on which school begins in the enrolling district shall be entitled to admission to the public elementary schools at the opening of such schools for that school year or as soon as practicable thereafter. A child who is under six years of age on September 1 or the date on which school begins in the enrolling district shall not be entitled to admission to the first grade in the public elementary schools during that school year; except, that an underage child who transfers from the first grade of a school in another state may be admitted to school upon approval of the board of education in authority, and an underage child who has moved into this state having completed or graduated from a mandated kindergarten program in another state shall be entitled to admission to the public elementary schools regardless of age. A child who becomes six years of age on or before February 1 may, on approval of the board of education in authority, be admitted at the beginning of the second semester of that school year to schools in school systems having semiannual promotions of pupils.

(b) A child who is five years of age on or before September 1 or the date on which school begins in the enrolling district shall be entitled to admission to the local public school kindergartens at the opening of such schools for that school year or as soon as practicable thereafter; a child who is under five years of age on September 1 or the date on which school begins in the enrolling district shall not be entitled to admission to such schools during that school year; except that, an underage child who transfers from the public school kindergarten in another state may be admitted to local public kindergarten on the prior approval of the local board of education on a space available basis. The aforementioned underage children transferring from the public school kindergartens of another state, upon successful completion of the kindergarten in the local public schools, will then be allowed admission to the first grade of the local public schools.

(c) Students who were four years of age on or before October 1, 1989, and are enrolled in a public, private or church four-year-old program or kindergarten during the 1989-90 school year will be allowed to enroll in a five-year-old public kindergarten, applicable only for the 1990-91 school year and to enroll in grade one of a public school, applicable only for 1991-92 school year. Students who are already enrolled in a public, private or church kindergarten will be allowed to enroll in grade one of a public school, applicable only for the 1990-91 school year.

(d) No public school system shall lose any teacher unit as a result of this section. The State Board of Education is authorized to adopt policies for local boards of education for the implementation of this section.

(Acts 1935, No. 246, p. 646, § 1; Code 1940, T. 52, §298; Acts 1947, No. 234, p. 103; Acts 1950, 2nd Ex. Sess. No. 4, p. 24, § 1; Acts 1967, No. 596, p. 1382, § 1; Acts 1982, No. 82-553, p. 914, §§1, 2; Acts 1989, No. 89-854, p. 1704, §1; Acts 1990, No. 90-578, p. 983, §§ 1, 2; Acts 1991, No. 91-323, p. 602, §13.)