If your child didn't get the kindergarten spot you asked for, try to stay calm. Waitlists at schools move over the spring and summer. We have seen it happen year after year. Children get offers on a rolling basis as families make final choices. Hang in there.

The city sent out offers for kindergarten seats today: 88 percent received an offer to one of their top three choices, according to Chalkbeat.

In all, perhaps in part because enrollment is down due to the pandemic, only 72 students landed on waitlists at 10 schools. Compare that to 2017, when more than 1,000 children were waitlisted at their zoned schools.

In many cases, the waitlists for zoned students will clear by May; in most others, they clear by summer as families opt for gifted and talented programs or private schools.

Your child is automatically placed on waitlists for all the choices above the one you got. Our advice: Email the parent coordinator at the school you want. Stay in friendly touch. Be easy to reach.

You can accept your child’s kindergarten offer on MySchools if you applied online, or through the school directly. The deadline to accept is April 30.

Accepting a spot won't keep you from getting an offer at a school where you are waitlisted, from a gifted and talented program or charter school, but if you do not accept by April 30, you give up your seat. Admissions letters from G&T and charters come later in the year.

Previously, registration was done in person, with your child, your child's birth certificate and immunization records, and proof of residence (a lease or electric bill). This year, the Department of Education says the school will work with you to register your child.

Meanwhile, read our school profiles and check the “School Stats” section to learn more. You may discover alternatives that are acceptable. Otherwise, take a breath and give waitlists time.

For more information, visit the Kindergarten page at the Department of Education website.