Obligatory online registration for 6-year-olds
Milan city hall has issued a reminder to parents or guardians of the 11,655 little milanesi due to enrol for obligatory primary schooling that the deadline for signing up is next Sunday, 15 February. The same deadline applies to the 11,481 10-year-olds due to be “promoted” from the fifth class of primary schools to the first of secondary education.
The first category – kids who are starting out on their school career – includes all who have celebrated their sixth birthday on or before 31 December 2014. Rules introduced by the ministry of education last year also make it obligatory to sign up online on the ministry’s website. Help is available for families without a computer, or for those who are worried that they may not have the skills for an online registration.
Pupils in the second, third and fourth elementary classes do not need to enrol: their passage to the next grade up (or repetition of the current grade) takes place automatically, based on their performance during the previous year.
Parents or guardians who wish to undertake the schooling themselves, and therefore must apply for exemption from compulsory state schooling, need to fill in and present an application form demonstrating their technical and economic prerequisites for home education.
Applications for a place in the optional crèches and pre-schools operated by the city administration for kids too young for primary school should be presented before the end of February.
City hall is the authority delegated by the ministry to ensure that the law on compulsory education is respected. It also provides other services: pre-school and evening games (details to be posted on the Comune website in April), as well as free textbooks for elementary schools, school buses for disabled kids and those living more than 2 km from the school and needing two or more rides on public transport, and a full, healthy school lunch, to be provided from this year on biodegradable plates.
Full details of the law on compulsory education and how to enrol are on the city hall website. At the foot of that page are notes on the enrolment procedure in English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese translation.