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School District to Offer Full-day Kindergarten This August

The school district is accepting applicants for a spending advisory panel. (File Photo)

The Alameda Unified School District will offer full-day kindergarten in the fall. (File Photo)

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) plans to offer a full-day kindergarten program at its elementary schools starting in the coming 2016 to 2017 school year.

The current kindergarten program, depending on the day, runs from 8:20 am to 12:45 or 1:40 pm.

Starting with the new school year in August, the full day kindergarten program will increase those hours.

“Current research shows that full-day kindergarten programs help close the achievement gaps between children from different backgrounds,” said Superintendent Sean McPhetridge. “The research also shows that these programs confer significant social, emotional, and academic benefits on all kindergarteners. Providing such a solid foundation to our youngest students is a priority for this district and aligns with my personal goal of expanding early childhood education programs in AUSD.”

The district plans to release details about the expanded program later in the spring. The half-day transitional kindergarten program will not change.

Earlier this week, the school district announced that the Board of Trustees had approved the school calendar for the coming year.

The first day of school will be August 22, 2016, and the last student day will be June 8, 2017.

There will be no school during Thanksgiving week, and the winter break is from December 21, 2016 to January 6, 2017. Spring break is from April 3 to April 7, 2017.

The approved calendar is the product of discussions between school district officials and members of the Alameda Education Association (AEA), which is the union that represents AUSD teachers and counselors. The Board of Trustees and AEA members separately vote on proposed calendars.

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