LBUSD announces fall full-day kindergarten and transitional kindergarten programs • Long Beach Post News

“We know many parents are eager to take advantage of these extended learning opportunities,” LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker said in a statement. “These full-day sessions will provide practical, cost-effective, and developmentally appropriate teaching and learning experiences that prepare children for success in subsequent grade levels. We are delighted to offer these expanded programs.

The district and its teachers had discussed this decision when the COVID-19 pandemic closed campuses in March 2020.

“This is actually one of the last big meetings we had before the campuses closed,” LBUSD board member Megan Kerr said at Wednesday’s board meeting. evening.

Some parents have long advocated for change, which they say will help them save money on childcare in addition to providing more education.

“Historically, I know there were a lot of mothers who stayed home with their children, so maybe a mid-day pickup or drop-off made more sense,” said parents’ attorney Alysa Turkowitz. at the Post in December. “Now, to live here, most families have both parents working. It becomes a question of fairness. Affluent children can go to private school or their parents can place them in a better after-school care program. I’ve heard from so many parents I’ve spoken with that it’s a burden to pay for childcare while they work.

In December, the district confirmed that it would open formal discussions about full-day programs with the Long Beach Teachers’ Association. The tentative agreement they reached on May 3 included a memorandum of understanding on the subject. With last night’s board meeting including unanimous approval of the deal, the district can officially move forward.

Prior to this fall, kindergarten programs typically lasted three to four hours, requiring parents to pick up or drop off at midday or use an on-campus child care program.

The district says that for 2022-23, TK classes are for students born between September 2, 2017 and February 2, 2018. Kindergarten will be for students born between September 2, 2016 and September 1, 2017.

Families can contact LBUSD’s Office of Preschool and Elementary Learning at 562-997-8247 to inquire about enrollment options.

The district also said parents who want to keep their students in a half-day program will have the option of picking them up after the state’s minimum number of instructional minutes.

“The extended day simply provides additional time for activities such as drama and art, including plenty of play-based outdoor learning opportunities,” according to LBUSD’s announcement.

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