Kindergarten enrollment, transition program announced

03.06.2012 | Sierra Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — “Kindergarten Roundup” enrollments for Tahoe
Truckee Unified School District’s (TTUSD) 2012-2013 school year will be
held at six different school sites in March.

Parents may pick up
kindergarten enrollment packets at the district’s elementary schools
prior to these meetings at any time. Parents may list more than one
school choice and may attend more than one Kindergarten Roundup, yet
register at one school. Students are eligible if they reach the age of 5
on or before Nov. 1, 2012.

Teachers and administrators will
answer parent questions regarding kindergarten programs available in
TTUSD and walk parents through a typical kindergarten day. School
staffers will help parents determine if their young ones are emotionally
ready for kindergarten. Childcare will be available at many school
sites during the meetings; Spanish translators will be present at all

Transitional kindergarten a new option

historically has had one of the latest kindergarten entry cutoff dates
in the nation, Dec. 2, which effectively allows children as young as
four years, nine months to enter kindergarten. But with the Kindergarten
Readiness Act in 2010, state legislature changed the required cutoff
date to a gradually staggered schedule — thus increasing the average age
of entering kindergartners. The law also created the opportunity for
students who do not meet the new start date requirements to enroll in a
transitional kindergarten, beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

transitional kindergarten is an optional first year of a two-year
kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum. It is
age and developmentally appropriate for those kindergarten students on
the younger end of the spectrum,” said Dave Curry, TTUSD’s director of
education services.

Under the current law, students who turn 5
any time before Dec. 2 are allowed to attend kindergarten. Under the
Kindergarten Readiness Act, these younger children will no longer be
eligible to attend regular kindergarten, but may be able to attend the
transitional program. Beginning in 2012-2013, the law will be phased in
gradually over the next several years, with dates staggered one month
earlier each year until the 2015-2016 school year.

The way the
law is written, only children who turn five in November and December
will be eligible for the transitional program next year. But eventually,
by the 2015-2016 school year, the law will allow every child who turns
five between September and December to be eligible.

explains the state has given school districts flexibility with
implementation, “Here at TTUSD, we will be discussing whether to include
children whose birthdates fall in all three months in transitional
kindergarten next year, rather than following the staggered schedule.

are anticipating that this program will be a popular choice and, with
board approval, we want to accommodate those parents who choose to
enroll their children in the transitional program,” he added.

trustees will discuss transitional kindergarten in more detail at the
next board meeting Wednesday, March 7. After board approval, detailed
information regarding dates and available options will be posted on the
TTUSD website. In the meantime, more information on transitional
kindergarten, including FAQs, can be found at

What to bring

who attend the Kindergarten Round Up will be required to bring a copy
of their child’s vaccination records, original legal birth certificate
plus a copy of birth certificate, proof of address and emergency contact
information to complete the enrollment process.

For more
information on the Kindergarten Round Up meetings, call any elementary
school (listed below) or see the additional information posted in the
District News section of A map of neighborhood school boundaries may also be found on the district’s website.

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