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UPDATE: Registration Held Tuesday for Full-Day Kindergarten

Appointments are not needed for the enrollment event, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at each of the district's six elementary schools.

Geneva Community Unit School District 304 will be holding its district-wide kindergarten enrollment on Tuesday, March 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. at each of the cistrict’s six elementary schools. 

Appointments are not needed for this March 4 event. For more information on the kindergarten enrollment event, click here

Parents are asked to contact the Central Administration Office at (630) 463-3000 to schedule an appointment if you have a child entering kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year and are unable to attend the March 4 enrollment event. 

Enrollment documents can be downloaded from the district website, completed at home, and turned in at the time of enrollment.
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ORIGINAL ARTICLEGeneva Community Unit School District 304 staff members have posted several recently asked questions and answers relating to the District's implementation of full-day kindergarten in the fall of 2014: 

When is Geneva School District going to have full-day kindergarten?


On February 10, 2014, the Board of Education approved the implementation of a full-day kindergarten program for all students beginning in the 2014-15 school year. This action means that the District will offer full-day kindergarten for all students at each of its six elementary schools beginning in the fall. The approved program does not incorporate tuition, will maintain the current staffing level of kindergarten assistants, and will allow parents to pick up their child mid-day if they would prefer their child only attend half-day. 

Why is Geneva implementing full-day kindergarten?

 District Kindergarten Study Committee made up of teachers and administrators recently studied the implications of the Common Core State Standards on kindergarten curriculum and found that our students would be provided with a much stronger educational foundation for meeting the new standards if our District moved to an all-day kindergarten program. In addition to providing more time for instruction in the core curricular areas, a full-day kindergarten model also provides more opportunities to address the developmental and social/emotional needs of students. We believe as a District that the strong foundation provided by a full-day kindergarten model is in the best interest of all Geneva students. 

Is full day mandatory for my child or can he/she attend half-day?
Posted:
No. Full-day attendance is not mandatory. Full-day kindergarten will be the standard program in Geneva School District beginning in the fall, and the curriculum will be developed accordingly. The District is required by the State of Illinois to offer half-day kindergarten addressing the required kindergarten standards. Students of parents who prefer half-day will attend the full-day kindergarten program in the morning and be picked up mid-day. 

Will there be a tuition cost for full-day kindergarten?

No. The Board of Education voted to make full-day kindergarten in Geneva a district-funded program. Typical registration fees will apply. 

How do I enroll my child in full-day kindergarten?

There will be a district-wide kindergarten enrollment on Tuesday, March 4, from 4-7 p.m. at each of the District’s six elementary schools. Appointments are not needed for this March 4 event. For more information on the kindergarten enrollment event, please click here. Parents are asked to contact the Central Administration Office at (630) 463-3000 to schedule an appointment if you have a child entering kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year and were unable to attend the March 4 enrollment event. For your convenience, enrollment documents may be downloaded from the District website, completed at home, and turned in at the time of enrollment.

Where will the kindergarten classes be housed?

Geneva School District embraces a neighborhood elementary school model and all kindergarten students will be housed in their home neighborhood school. Elementary school boundary maps can be found on the District’s website.

Source: Geneva Community Unit School District 304 website
Bob McQuillan February 18, 2014 at 11:14 PM
a full-day kindergarten model also provides more opportunities to address the developmental and social/emotional needs of students. Shouldn't parents be addressing the developmental and social/emotional needs of their children? The old buzz words used to be life/safety issues. Guess social/emotional needs is the latest fade. Also, how can the district not provide transportation back home for those that choose the half-day program? They currently provide transportation both ways for all children. I don't think it is right to penalize parents who don't believe their 5 year old needs to be in school for 7 hours.
Mike February 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Removing the children from the home at an early age, for a longer period of time makes the common-core indoctrination process much more effective.
Steve Hunter February 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Bob, Are you really advocating for 5yr old children you believe are “entitled” to personalized bus service at taxpayer expense? What about 6yr olds? If the parents don't believe their 7 year old needs to be in school for 7 hours, should we levy a special tax to cover their personalized transportation and education program? Is that really what you are proposing so as not to “penalize” an individual family’s choice to not use the provided public service?
Arthur Dietrich February 19, 2014 at 11:31 AM
District funded. How much are my property taxes going to go up to pay for this? I'm not sure this full day kindergarten is a good idea, except for the parents who work full time and now don't have to pay for child care.
Bob McQuillan February 19, 2014 at 11:44 PM
Steve What I'm saying is if the school district transports a 5 year old to school, they have the responsibility to bring them home. Just like they do today. The default should not be full day, the default should be half day. The loud minority is bullying the silent majority. We pay transportation costs for "homeless" students who have moved out of the district to attend Geneva schools on a daily basis. But a 5 year old, whose parents pay taxes, need to find their own rides home?
No more taxes February 20, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Full day kindergarten is the best thing, it will cost more, the kids can handle it and learn more at this age then they will later. I will not benefit from it but even though I don't like my taxes this is a good use of them. Quite a few other costs are out of control but this is not one of them. Curious about why we bus "homeless" students in from out of the district? As far as busing if you take them you should bring them home. It would have been better to design the schools where kids could walk.
Bob McQuillan February 21, 2014 at 08:06 PM
All available studies show that by third grade there is no difference between kids who have gone to half-day vs. full-day. This decision wasn't based on any research or study, it was solely based on Common Core and the threat that the district would not meet the new benchmarks established by the state. The state mandates that if someone has attended Geneva schools and is displaced for economic reasons, Geneva is still their base school and no matter where they move to the district has to provide transportation to and from Geneva schools. This is required for 2 years after the child is displaced. Some district's hire cabs or "limo" companies to transport these kids. I don't know what the yearly cost is to Geneva but I know it happens (or at least did last year). Another interesting tidbit is that if a Geneva teachers does not live in the district's boundaries, their children can attend Geneva at no cost. I believe the teacher has to provide transportation.
Geneva Non-parent February 21, 2014 at 09:47 PM
According to the policies on the District 304 website: 4132 - TUITION BENEFIT FOR CHILDREN OF EMPLOYEES RESIDING OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT Children of employees residing outside of the District are entitled to attend District #304 schools on a tuition basis. There are two (2) major purposes for providing a tuition benefit for employees. First, it is a way to recognize substantial, continuing service to the School District. Second, it is a way to demonstrate to the community that those people who are most familiar with the quality of education in the District prefer it for their children. Employees who do not live in District #304 but who have been employed by the School District continuously for five (5) years or longer shall be entitled in the sixth and subsequent years to a tuition discount of fifty percent (50%) plus five percent (5%) for each year completed after five (5), accumulative to a total of seventy-five percent (75%) after ten (10) years of service. This benefit applies to tuition only. The School District will determine which school will be attended based on enrollment. The School District will assume no responsibility for transportation. The student shall pay all fees normally assessed to resident students. Adopted 6/26/06 Revised 8/12/13
Geneva Non-parent February 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM
The statement: "All available studies show that by third grade there is no difference between kids who have gone to half-day vs. full-day." isn't quite accurate. While it's true that many studies indicate that any early academic advancement is gone by the third grade, there ARE other studies that have systematically tracked benefits. The site below summarizes some of the studies http://www.ccsd.net/resources/assessment-accountability-research/full-day-kindergarten-review-of-literature.pdf
Kathy M February 22, 2014 at 09:53 PM
The question I'd like answered is: What is going to happen to the Boosters and Foundation programs? Special Ed teachers had told me when my child was finishing school that they were already seeing a savings as well a progress down the line for students that had been in those programs. If these programs are going to remain in place will they be bussed to the resources or will the resources be duplicated at all schools (which will be more $)?
NOYB March 04, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Bob, I think the social-emotional growth of full-day is not being considered in your post. One of the best things of the all-day K is the being a fish in pond of your own peers. Th social-emotional growth was incredible for my kids -- despite what TESTING shows by 3rd grade.
Bob McQuillan March 04, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Social and emotional growth can also occur at daycare, which isn't an expense beared by the taxpayers. A school's main purpose should be to educate a child. Some children are not ready for full day education at 5 years old. Keep in mind on this issue, in my opinion it isn't about spending money. It is about spending money where it will do the most good and that would be when the child is ready to learn.
Bob McQuillan March 04, 2014 at 07:34 PM
For some reason my response about the teachers benefit of their children attending the Geneva schools was deleted. I stand corrected that the policy changed. It just changed last August, after the administration was questioned about the policy. Funny that a Geneva Non-Parent would know that the policy changed. Unless of course the change affected them.

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