School District implements full day kindergarten

Published: Jun. 29, 2018 at 9:29 PM AKDT
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All elementary schools within the Fairbanks North Star Borough will now offer all-day kindergarten beginning this August.

A plan that has been developing for roughly five years will now be fully implemented when starts up again in the fall.

Assistant Superintendent with the district Kate LaPlaunt said this new full day kindergarten program will provide more chances for academic and social progress for students.

“And a time for kids to explore and use what they're learning in school, take their own ideas and pay with each other, have outside activities, have more physical activities, so it just allows more, overall opportunities in the day for students," she added.

A half day flex model was previously used prior to this change.

However families and school staff can work together on a plan to build an individual student's stamina for the school day if there is the need for a more gradual transition to a full day of school.

"The goal is that children at the end of kindergarten are fully ready to have a full day of school for first grade," LaPlaunt said.

Students will be accompanied by a teacher's aide throughout the day in addition to their regular instructor.

Parents can visit the school district's website to enroll their children, or can wait until school starts in August.

The average class is expected to be around 22 students per teacher.