Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) voted to maintain the kindergarten program, as is, at Wednesday’s board meeting (January 10).
 
EICS reached out to communities, parents and staff with a survey to see what they wanted in terms of kindergarten programming. The survey received more than 200 responses.
 
“Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) made a decision to go to full day, every other day (with kindergarten programs) and we took the month of December and January to engage our communities,” said EICS board chair, Justine Wright. “The information that came back, it was pretty clear that parents still wanted to have some choice in the specific communities, so we decide to leave, in many ways, the status quo.” 
 
The survey showed, 88 per cent voted on the importance of flexibility in the kindergarten program; 62 per cent agreed child care needed to be considered in the program and 39 per cent wanted to see busing utilized for kindergarten students.
 
“We are asking parents who are enrolling their kids for kindergarten this year, to contact the schools on January 15, when registration opens up and that gives us an idea of how many parents are interested in different types of programs being offered,” said Wright.
 
EICS will continue to allow communities and principals to make those decisions based on enrollment.
 
Online kindergarten registration for next year opens on Monday (January 15). Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) online kindergarten registration also starts that day.
 
The next EICS board meeting in February will see them vote on their 2018/19 school year calendar, which mimics the new EIPS 2018/19 calendar, starting school after Labour Day while maintaining fall break.

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