WESTPORT — With new state guidelines on when a child can enroll in public school kindergarten classes next year, Westport school officials have announced a transition plan for 2024-25.

A new state law will require that a child be five years old on or before Sept. 1 of the coming school year to be automatically enrolled in kindergarten.

To prepare for that requirement and the “challenges” it may pose for some families, Westport schools will allow any child who is not five years old by Sept. 1, 2024, but who will be five before Jan. 1, 2025, to be admitted to kindergarten “upon written request by the child’s parent or guardian to the school principal,” according to a statement by Assistant Supts. of Schools Anthony Buono and Michael Rizzo.

Read the detailed rules for kindergarten eligibility set by the state Department of Education, including the exception cited by Westport officials, by clicking here.

The process for entering kindergarten earlier than the state guideline beyond the 2024-25 academic year “is currently under consideration and a specific procedure will be forthcoming,” the assistant superintendents said.

Questions about kindergarten enrollment should be directed to the principal of a child’s prospective school.