Salisbury to Offer Full Day Kindergarten Starting in 2015-16

by Randy Ziegenfuss on March 19, 2015

thOn March 18, the Salisbury Township School Board approved the adoption of full day kindergarten programming beginning with the 2015-16 school year. (The vote was 7-0, with Dr. Spedaliere and Mr. DeFrank absent.) Guided by the school district’s long-range strategic plan and the goal to provide the most effective support for student academic achievement, the decision to adopt full day kindergarten comes after studying the issues from a number of different perspectives – curriculum, financial sustainability and facilities.

The benefits surrounding full day kindergarten are numerous from an academic, social and emotional standpoint. With a shift to full day kindergarten, teachers will have more flexibility and time to support children in the development of literacy skills critical for success as students progress through elementary, middle and high school. Many educational research studies support full day kindergarten, citing increased long-term academic performance, additional time for teachers to connect with students and parents, and the exploration of topics for deeper understanding. The board and administration are excited about the benefits a full day kindergarten program will bring to all of our early learners.

Throughout the spring, the administration will put forth a detailed implementation plan for the board and public and will be hosting parent information nights.  Please follow our website (http://www.stsd.org) and social media tools (Facebook – http://www.stsd.org/facebook and Twitter – http://www.stsd.org/twitter)  to learn more as the planning progresses. If you have children of kindergarten age and have not yet registered for 2015-16, please contact your school: Harry S Truman Elementary School (610-791-2800); Western Salisbury Elementary School (610-797-1688).

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