During the first week of school, kindergartners at most schools have a different schedule than other students.
The first week of school for kindergartners is reserved for special testing and individual meetings with the teacher, parents and student. This provides an opportunity for the teachers to get to know the students and parents individually. Due to these various schedules, kindergartners at certain schools may not start the regular school schedule until the second week of school.
Throughout the remainder of the school year, kindergartners do not attend school the entire day.
Each kindergarten class is split into two groups — a morning and afternoon group. The morning group arrives at school early and goes home approximately half way through the day, while the afternoon group arrives later and leaves at the end of the school day. The two groups spend about 2.5 hours in the middle of the day together.
This system allows for smaller groups of children in the kindergarten classroom at the beginning and end of the day.
Because of this "flex" schedule, kindergarten students will only be able to ride the bus either to or from school, but not both.
If the child is in the eligible bus zone:
- Children in the morning kindergarten group can ride the bus to school in the morning, but not home
- Children in the afternoon kindergarten group can ride the bus home but must have an alternative way of getting to school
- Kindergarten students are provided one-way bus transportation only
- Bus transportation is provided for students living over 1.5 miles from school