As many of you are aware, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has been exploring the community’s interest in a full-day Kindergarten program operating on alternating days. Over the past year, some parents within Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan have posed questions regarding bus-ride times and transportation fees for Kindergarten students attending half-day Kindergarten programs, which are the predominant options in these communities. These questions led to discussions within the division about current Kindergarten programming offered within EIPS.
In late 2014, the Board of Trustees directed administration to complete public consultations within Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan to determine the community’s interest in a full-day Kindergarten program operating on alternating days. In the spring, the division conducted a series of focus groups—comprised of both teachers and parents—discussing the advantages and disadvantages of both a half-day program and an alternating full-day Kindergarten program. A survey followed, which gathered additional feedback from teachers, parents, community members, and staff within Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan.
Overall, more than two-thirds of the 1,517 survey respondents agreed EIPS should explore offering more alternating full-day Kindergarten options in their communities. Close to two-thirds of the respondents indicated the division shouldn’t eliminate the half-day program and only offer alternating full-day Kindergarten.
Based on all of the responses and suggestions gathered, the Board of Trustees has asked EIPS administration to further explore offering more alternating full-day programming in Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan. As such, throughout the 2015-2016 school year, EIPS will be reviewing where additional alternating full-day programming possibilities may exist. EIPS will continue to keep families updated on any new developments.
Download the complete Kindergarten Programming Report.