District formulating plans for early kindergarten admission

November 18, 2018

NEEDLES — The Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees has developed a plan for parents who would like to enroll their child early in either transitional kindergarten or kindergarten.

According to background information provided by school staff transitional kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. A child is eligible for TK if their fifth birthday falls between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 (inclusive). A child who completes one year in a TK program may continue in a kindergarten program for one additional year.

A child who will reach the age of five on or before Sept. 2 of the school year shall be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten at the beginning of that school year or at any later time in the same year.

The procedures to determine readiness for early admittance (on a case by case basis):

A parent or guardian notifies the superintendent or designee of the request for early admittance.

A parent or guardian meet with the principal to develop an assessment plan.

Under the direction of the principal, an assessment is conducted in reading fluency, reading comprehension and math (appropriate to the requested grade level) to determine if the student is ready for kindergarten or transitional kindergarten academic programs.

Under the direction of the principal, parents will complete a survey on school readiness indicators.

If available, preschool records will be reviewed by the principal.

The principal will make a recommendation to the superintendent or designee.

The principal will meet with the parents or guardians and discuss the advantages and disadvantages based on the assessments. In addition, the principal will discuss any other explanatory information about the effect of early admittance.

The principal will make a recommendation to the superintendent who will present the recommendation to the governing board of the school district for approval.

The NUSD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the early admittance to TK and kindergarten procedures on Oct. 30.

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