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Lowell School asks parents about proposed all day kindergarten
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Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) The Lowell School District is asking parents to fill out a survey to help plan for the possibility of 'all day kindergarten.'

Lawmakers are considering the School Aid Bill that will require school districts to offer all day, every day kindergarten starting this fall. Right now Lowell does not provide all day kindergarten. 

The letter to parents is below and includes an attached link to the survey.


February 3, 2012 Dear Preschool Parents:

While we are quickly approach the halfway point of this school year, planning is already underway for the 2012-2013 school year. As we look forward to welcoming our new kindergarteners, we are seeking to obtain some helpful information from our parents with regard to kindergarten scheduling.

As you may already be aware, in the current School Aid Bill, there is a provision that requires all Michigan school districts to offer all day, every day kindergarten programming beginning with the school year 2012-2013. At this time, many districts offer a variety of program options for kindergarteners including all-day, half-day, and all-day every-other day programming. The 2012-2013 School Aid Bill may require districts to provide all-day every-day kindergarten programming in order to receive full funding for the students.

Districts that choose to not provide this all-day every-day schedule will also receive only ½ of the funding for kindergarten students.

As we are waiting for the legislative body to develop the School Aid Bill for the 2012-2013 school year and specify the regulations that public school districts must follow, we are asking parents and guardians of incoming kindergarteners for your opinions so that we can better plan. Your responses to the survey questions will be related to your preferences about kindergarten programming options.

Thank you, in advance, for your time and effort as we proceed with plans for next year. 2012-2013 Kindergarten Survey

Together for Educational Excellence,

Greg Pratt

Superintendent of Schools

Survey Link

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