Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has approved changes to their kindergarten programming.
While they’re currently offering half-day kindergarten classes, starting in the 2018-2019 school year, EIPS will change to an alternating full-day program.
EIPS has already been subsidizing the noon hour bus service from their Student Transportation budget - and the loss of the fees they had previously collected made noon hour busing unsustainable.
Under Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees, they're no longer able to charge the fee to families who live further than 2.4 kilometres from their designated school.
“Having to draw additional dollars from the division’s budget to cover noon-hour transportation would mean there would be less money available for educational programming," said Trina Boymook, board chair of EIPS. "By introducing alternating full-day kindergarten, we can continue to promote growth and success for all children by keeping dollars where they belong in the classroom.”
For 2018-19, all kindergarten children will attend two full-days a week and occasionally, three days a week so EIPS meets the required 475 instructional hours.
The complete program schedule will be finalized in January, prior to the opening of registration on January 15.