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2019 TK/ Kindergarten Parent Night Q & A

During the 2019 parent night, families were encouraged to write down any questions they had regarding 2019-2020 TK/ Kindergarten.  We have compiled the questions and answers on this page.

 

  • Is the AM/PM kinder program going to be held at all elementary schools?  Yes
  • I’ve heard AUSD is having a budget problem, if this is true why is construction occurring?  School renovation expenses come from school bond funds that are separate from the district’s general fund which goes towards items like staff salaries, classroom materials, programs, etc. Bond monies can only be used for their intended purpose, in this case, the construction of schools.
  • In the future will AUSD accept more out of district students?  We only accept students from outside Albany when space permits.  
  • What is the average student teacher ratio for Kindergarten 2019-2020?  The maximum number of students allowed is 28. The average teacher ratio depends on the number of kindergartners we have each year. This year it was 24:1
  • I’ve heard once you are enrolled in AUSD, you can continue attendance in AUSD schools even if you move outside of Albany, is this true?  Any student who moves and lives outside of Albany must apply for an interdistrict permit.  Interdistrict permit approval is never guaranteed.  We approve permits when space is available.
  • Will the district provide a free before/after school enrichment activity in lieu of a full school day?  There are currently no plans to offer additional school district funded class time to the kindergarten day.  ACC childcare will be offering language/cultural instruction at each elementary school site, however space is limited in these specific programs.
  • What is the appeal process for receiving a schedule that does not work for your student/ family?  You can let your assigned school know that you would like to be added to the wait list for a schedule change.  
  • Can the district send school and schedule assignments earlier than July 2019?  Mid to late July is historically when these assignments are sent to families as we need this much time to process the enrollments.
  • What is the enrollment process for childcare with ACC?  Please visit ACC’s website and complete your application for childcare.  https://acc.ausdk12.org/ You can only complete this application once you have finished the enrollment appointment and your enrollment packet is accepted.  
  • I pay bills online, is this considered an original document?  Most utilities, banks, and bills offer the ability to print a copy that would be identical to what would be mailed to you.  This is accepted as long as it clearly displays the date it was sent (and is 45 days old or less), you name, and your Albany address.
  • Are doctor office print outs of immunizations sufficient?  Yes, as long as they meet the criteria which includes the medical provider’s information (or letterhead), the student’s name, date of birth, the names of the immunizations, and dates given.
  • Do the ACC child care times line up with the AM/PM schedule?  Yes, care will be available starting at 7:30am and end at 6pm
  • How many TK/ K families will you be able to accommodate in before/after care?   It is very likely that we will be able to serve all TK and Kindergarten families that need childcare service in our ACC school age programs.  Certainly, if you submit an ACC waitlist application within the priority enrollment period, you will receive a space in our program.  We will hire qualified staff members based upon the projected enrollment numbers to ensure the appropriate adult-to-student ratio is maintained.  It will only become difficult to ensure enrollment if, and when, a family submits a waitlist form very near to the start of school. 
  • I want to request a specific school for my student because of personal reasons, will this be taken into account?  We can never guarantee a school placement for a family. You will make school preferences after your packet is completed and received, but again we can never guarantee a school for your student.  It would be best to complete your enrollment packet during the priority window.
  • My work schedule will only work with one of the am/pm schedules and I need to ensure I get this schedule.  Unfortunately, we can never guarantee a school schedule for a family.  You will make schedule preferences after your packet is completed and received, but again we can never guarantee a schedule for your student.  It would be best to complete your enrollment packet during the priority window and contact ACC for childcare.
  • My student is preschool age and qualifies for TK, will they be accepted?  Yes, as long as your student’s birthday falls within the strict time frame of Sept 2nd-Dec 2nd 2014 and you have established Albany residency.
  • My student has an IEP, how will those accommodations be taken into account when school schedule and placement is made?  All students who require special services entering into TK/ K will be placed by the special education department to ensure that appropriate services are provided.
  • Is transportation provided for TK students receiving child care?  Walking groups are assembled any time students move from one location to another.  AUSD does not provide busing.  The ACC TK childcare will be offered on-site for the 2019-20 school year and TK students will not need to be transported.  If families choose to utilize a different childcare program, they will need to plan for the transportation independently. 
  • Can you explain what “push in” means and how it is implemented? "Push in" support means that an ELD teacher, or a reading, or math intervention teacher goes in the classroom during class time to provide support to specific students. The other alternative is "pull out" support where these teachers provide instruction outside of the classroom. Student need determines whether services are push in or pull out.
  •  Are there specific drop off and pick up times for child care through the ACC?  Childcare runs from 7:30a -6p, you may drop off after 7:30 am and pick up no later than 6 pm.
  • When can I schedule a school tour at the elementary schools?  You will need to contact each individual school site to schedule a tour.  Schools are currently accepting tours.  Please be advised that tours do not run during summer break.
  • Where can I find more information about the childcare programs at each elementary school?  Please visit http://acc.ausdk12.org/ for more information.
  • What is provided to kindergarteners as far as snack, breakfast, and lunch?  If your student will be in before/after care you may want to supply your student with additional snacks. Children in ACC childcare programs receive breakfast (served 8:00-9:00) and an afternoon snack (~3:15) as a part of the childcare program.  Lunch time will be provided for students in ACC childcare.  Families can pack a lunch or purchase/receive an AUSD school lunch to eat during lunchtime. Click here to apply for free and reduced lunch.
  • Is TK available at all elementary schools?  TK is only available at the Albany Children’s Center.
  • What will transitions from before/after care to the kindergarten class look like?  Students will be instructed to line up and walk with a child care provider to/from their child care program.  The ACC childcare staff members will know which children are participating in the before and after care program; they will know which classrooms these children attend for the school day.  They will walk the young children to class and they will pick them up accordingly.
  • Will the language programs be available to Kindergarten students that are enrolled in childcare? The children enrolled in Kindergarten childcare at Marin will have an opportunity to participate in the Tupelo Spanish enrichment program.  This program provides about 30 minutes of Spanish instruction to children on a daily basis.  It is not an immersion program.  The Chinese language and culture programs offered for Cornell Elementary and Ocean View Elementary will still be available for kindergarten families.  As always, we will only be able to enroll a small number of kindergarten students into these programs.  The children enrolled in the Chinese school programs will continue in these programs for subsequent years.
  • What is the schedule for before and after care?  Please see the Albany Children’s Center website for more information. http://acc.ausdk12.org/
  • Where on campus will students be during before and after care?   Space will be provided and will vary at each site depending on facility needs.
  • How much will child care and lunches cost?  Please refer to the Albany Children’s Center website for more information about child care costs as it is dependent on how many hours of child care you require  http://acc.ausdk12.org/ . In 2018-2019 lunch could be purchased for $4. Click here to apply for free and reduced lunch.
  • Is there a formal system for arranging carpools?  Not at this time.
  • What is the homework load like for kindergarteners? This will be explained at the kindergarten orientation before school begins.
  • What extracurricular activities are available to kindergarteners? Outside of the ACC’s childcare, there are no after school activities for kindergarten students.
  • What kind of instruction will be offered during childcare hours?  Albany Children’s Center school age childcare programs follow state regulations and protocols regarding environment design, developmentally appropriate practice and play-based learning programs.  The ACC instructors will establish a balanced program that offers whole group instruction, small group project time, outdoor playtime and independent choice time.  They will coordinate with the TK and Kindergarten teachers to ensure the instruction offered in childcare is connected to the instruction in the school day classroom.  Please see the Albany Children’s Center website for the different programs available http://acc.ausdk12.org/ .
  • Where can I find more information about the school renovation projects?  Please visit our district’s website WWW.AUSDK12.ORG for information about the renovation projects.  You can also review school board meeting notes for additional information.
  • How are school choice preferences communicated to the before/aftercare program?  Once you complete your enrollment packet and it is approved, you will need to apply for before/after care with the Albany Children’s Center.  In the ACC application, you will indicate what your preferences were.  Over the summer, the ACC and the District Office will be in communication with one another regarding student school placement.  Additionally, when you receive the notice from the District Office in July telling you what your child’s school assignment is, please contact ACC to inform them of this information.
  • Can my 4 year old enroll in child care services at the ACC?  Your student must be enrolled in school to enroll in child care.  A 4 year old would need to enroll in preschool.  ACC does offer a preschool program, please visit their website for more information: https://acc.ausdk12.org/ .
  • Is the full time child care program listed online the same as the ACC?  Yes, they are the same.  The Albany Children’s Center is AUSD’s district run child care provider. There are other child care providers, however they are privately owned and are not affiliated with AUSD.
  • Does my lease agreement need my student’s name on it?  It is not necessary, however the parent/guardian name will need to be listed.
  • Is the AM/PM schedule decision final?  Yes, this was recently voted on and approved by the school board.
  • I have a current TK student, do I need to re-enroll them in kindergarten?  As long as you maintain attendance with AUSD you will not need to re-enroll your student.
  • Which schools have a PTA?  All three elementary school have active PTAs. We encourage you to join!
  • Are busses provided to students?  AUSD does not offer bussing or transportation to all students.
  • Will Ocean View kindergarten students placed at Marin and Cornell be mixed together in classes and play?  Ocean View kindergarten students will be placed with an Ocean View kindergarten teacher at Marin or Cornell sites.  All students will have recess on the play yard.
  • Who will be the administration contact for Ocean View Students at Marin and Cornell?  Terry Georgeson will continue to serve as principal of Ocean View, however contact logistics are still being decided.
  • What will lunch look like for students? The logistics are still being discussed, however every student in ACC childcare and on free and reduced lunch will have the opportunity to lunch at school.
  • Since all kindergarten students will be placed at Marin or Cornell, will we have the option to remain at that school for the following year?  Each student will receive a school placement letter in mid to late July, and will be assigned to one of three schools; Ocean View, Marin, or Cornell.  This will be their elementary school assignment K-5th.  If you wish to request a school change, you would need to be added to the waitlist located on our district’s website www.AUSDK12.org.  We do our best to accommodate all school change requests, but can never guarantee that we will be able to grant your request.
  • Currently there is small group time, will there still be small group time with the new AM/PM schedule? Yes, there is small group instruction in all grades K-5.
  • How many students and classrooms will there be? This is to be determined.  While we do our best to predict how many students will be in kindergarten and TK, class size is based on enrollment numbers.
  • My student’s daily schedule incorporates a napping period.  Will naps be available? Naps are not a part of the school day for TK or Kindergarten.
  • Why did AUSD go to an AM/PM model?  Please review the previous school board notes and videos located on the district’s website for additional information about this.  www.AUSDK12.org.
  • Will Ocean View after school staff be moving to Tupelo at Marin? All of the ACC school age childcare staff currently working at Ocean View Elementary school will move with the children in their care.  The Cedars program that serves TK and K students will move to ACC, Cornell and Marin accordingly.  The exact staffing details are still being worked out.
  • Will Marin and Cornell be able to manage the influx of children that will be provided with child care?  Yes, ACC has been working with school staff in planning and organizing for this change.
  • Does the AM/PM schedule apply to grades 1-3 as well?  The AM/PM schedule only applies to TK and Kindergarten students.
  • When will I receive my school & schedule preference link?  You will receive within 3 business days of completion of your appointment.
  •  Can you share the maximum class size for Kindergarten? The maximum class size is 28:1 for Kindergarten.
  • Will kindergarteners in before/after care be mixed in with other grades?  What does this look like?  The children in the TK and Kindergarten childcare programs will not be mixed with other grades for the majority of the day.  We are able to provide separate classrooms for these young children.
  • What is the 90 minute support time? What will this look like? In the am/pm model, two teachers are assigned to share one classroom. One teacher is the teacher for the am class, the other is the teacher for the pm class.  The 90 minute support time is when the teacher who is not responsible for the class comes in to support students. This will happen during both the am and pm class.
  • Are there vegetarian lunch options?  Yes
  • Do the schools hold earthquake and active shooter drills?  Yes, all schools have regular earthquake, fire, and lock down drills.
  • How do you apply for free and reduced lunch?  Please visit the food service website to complete the free and reduced lunch application: https://ausdschoolfoodproject.org/ .
  •  Does my student need to be present at the time of my enrollment appointment?  You are not required to bring your student to the appointment, but they are welcome to attend.
  • My student was born after September 1st but is ready for Kindergarten, can they enroll in Kindergarten?  No. They would qualify for TK.
  • Can my TK student skip kindergarten and start 1st grade the following year?  No. TK is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program.