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Boardmember Mark Hibbs asked if half day and all day kindergarten students could attend the same class, with the half day students being dismissed at lunchtime and the all day students remaining for the afternoon. With the all day curriculum providing additional time for core curriculum activities in areas like reading and math, Hibbs suggested that the additional minutes dedicated to each subject could be split between the morning and afternoon.
Although the all day program provides time for additional enrichment activities, the instruction is continual, building upon previous activities and instruction. Students attending a half day program with all day students wouldn't have the benefit of the same starting point each morning, according to Beth Anderson, the district's director of elementary teaching and learning.
Supt. Chris Lennox.
Parents provided several reasons regarding their preference for a half day option. In some cases, families have older children who have completed the half day kindergarten program and are doing well because of it. Some parents indicated that they want their child to spend more time at home prior to beginning full days of school as a first grader.
The taskforce is recommending the district move to the all day program because it provides the district with a better opportunity to address achievement gaps, more time for enrichment and intervention opportunities and more time for exploration and social development, Lennox explained.
All day kindergarten is not a new concept in the district. Since the 1996 97 school year, the district has offered a "kindergarten plus" program that allows families to pay for an all day kindergarten enrichment experience for their child, he explained.
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day kindergarten option and received 160 responses. Of those, 22 indicated an interest in a half day option rather than a full day, Lennox noted.
"There would definitely be gaps with the learning," she said.
Where students would be sent, and whether or not the district would provide busing, are matters for the board to decide. Although the district could provide transportation to a centralized half day program, "state statute would not require the board to do that," Lennox said.
The state provides funding for a half day kindergarten program in Bloomington schools, available at no cost to families. During the last legislative session, the law was changed to provide funding for all day kindergarten. Effectively, kindergarten is now funded like first grade, according to Assistant Nike Vapormax Mens On Feet
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If the district offers a half day option alongside an all day program, it is anticipated that a low percentage of the approximate 700 incoming kindergartners would be enrolled in the half day option too few to provide a half day program at each of the district's elementary schools. The district would need approximately 20 students per building to warrant a half day program for each building, Lennox noted.
A solution would be to offer a half day program at a centrally located school such as the Pond Family Center, which hosts early childhood education programs for students throughout the district.
For many parents, an all day kindergarten program may be a blessing, but not every parent is convinced it's the best option for his or her child.
A district taskforce began meeting in October to consider the district's kindergarten options. Findings from that taskforce were presented to the board at its Nov. 12 meeting. Additional information will be presented next week at the board's Nov. 25 meeting.
The district's kindergarten taskforce is composed of 22 district employees, including principals, kindergarten teachers and building secretaries.
The Bloomington School District is looking to implement an all day kindergarten program next year as the standard kindergarten program for its students. In doing so, it is up to the Bloomington Board of Education to decide how that Nike Vapormax Limited will happen. There are several factors the board is considering leading up to its Dec. 9 decision, including if a half day option should be provided for families that do not want their children to participate in an all day program.
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