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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
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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