Full-Day Kindergarten

(Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Full-Day K in 2021-2022)

Kindergarten students with handmade alphabet vests

We are delighted to announce that full-day kindergarten will begin districtwide during the coming 2021-2022 school year!  We are enrolling for kindergarten now – families are invited to register children who will turn five on or before September 1.

The following is intended to be a reference guide for parents on full-day kindergarten in 2021-2022. Please read on for information on the benefits of this initiative, the schedule, and much more.

Benefits of Full-Day K

Full-day kindergarten, quite simply, will give students a stronger start in school.  A full day of learning will help build a strong foundation of reading, writing, and math skills that will lead to more school success in the future. A full-day schedule also provides more opportunity for socialization and developmental activities.

Benefits of full-day kindergarten recently listed by the National Association of School Psychologists include the following:

  • Higher long-term achievement
  • Higher test scores
  • Higher reading scores in early grades
  • More time spent in individualized instruction
  • Greater creativity
  • Higher self-esteem and independence
  • Greater progress in social skills
  • A more relaxed, less hurried school day with more varied experiences
  • More reinforcement of positive social behaviors
  • Fewer grade retentions

What You Can Expect from an Orcutt Kindergarten Class

Full day Kindergarten teach with students

Our kindergarten classrooms are safe, nurturing environments for students. Students will experience the following:

  • Highly qualified, caring, dedicated classroom teachers
  • A school principal who is visible, accessible, and responsive
  • A rigorous, challenging academic program coupled with time for developmental exploration and play
  • Physical education, music, and art classes throughout the week
  • Socialization and facilitation of social/emotional growth for students
  • Classrooms that include spaces for hands-on learning, developmental play, and centers
  • Strong parent-school partnerships and the opportunity for parents to be involved
  • Early intervention for struggling students

The district has made an investment in facilities and instructional materials in support of full-day kindergarten.  The district also has made a commitment to assign to each kindergarten class an instructional assistant who can support student learning. We feel we have in place all the components for a successful full-day kindergarten program.

The Full-Day K Schedule

The kindergarten school day will be the same length as other grade levels at our elementary and K – 8 schools. Here is the schedule by school:

8:00 am – 2:15 pm – Joe Nightingale, Patterson Road, Pine Grove, and Olga Reed schools

  • On Wednesdays, these schools have an “early out” schedule running from 8:00 – 1:00

8:35 am – 2:50 pm – Alice Shaw and Ralph Dunlap schools

  • On Wednesdays, these schools have an “early out” schedule running from 8:35 -1:35

8:40 am – 3:00 pm – Orcutt Academy K – 8 campus

  • On Wednesdays, OAK – 8 has an “early out” schedule running from 8:40 – 2:00

To allow students at our K – 6 schools to adjust to a full day, we will implement a phase-in calendar that starts the year with a shortened school day and gradually lengthens the day until students are on a full-day schedule starting September 9. (Olga Reed and Orcutt Academy in Los Alamos will begin with a full-day schedule.)

Here is the phase-in timeline for the district’s K – 6 schools:

8:00 Schools:  Joe Nightingale, Patterson Road, Pine Grove

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
August 13
8:00 – 11:20
First Day of School
August 16
8:00 – 11:20
August 17
8:00 – 11:20
August 18
8:00 – 11:20
August 19
8:00 – 11:20
August 20
8:00 – 11:20
August 23
8:00 – 1:00
August 24
8:00 – 1:00
August 25
8:00 – 1:00
August 26
8:00 – 1:00
August 27
8:00 – 1:00
August 30
8:00 – 1:00
August 31
8:00 – 1:00
September 1
8:00 – 1:00
September 2
8:00 – 1:00
September 3
8:00 – 1:00
September 6
NO SCHOOL
Labor Day
September 7
NO SCHOOL
Staff Dev Day
September 8
8:00 – 1:00
Early Out Day
September 9
8:00 – 2:15
September 10
8:00 – 2:15

8:35 Schools:  Alice Shaw, Ralph Dunlap

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
August 13
8:35 – 11:55
First Day of School
August 16
8:35 – 11:55
August 17
8:35 – 11:55
August 18
8:35 – 11:55
August 19
8:35 – 11:55
August 20
8:35 – 11:55
August 23
8:35 – 1:35
August 24
8:35 – 1:35
August 25
8:35 – 1:35
August 26
8:35 – 1:35
August 27
8:35 – 1:35
August 30
8:35 – 1:35
August 31
8:35 – 1:35
September 1
8:35 – 1:35
September 2
8:35 – 1:35
September 3
8:35 – 1:35
September 7
NO SCHOOL
Labor Day
September 7
NO SCHOOL
Staff Dev Day
September 8
8:35 – 1:35
Early Out Day
September 9
8:35 – 2:50
September 10
8:35 – 2:50

During the phase-in period, the district will make free childcare available to kindergartners between the end of their school day and their school’s dismissal. Childcare will be provided by the district’s Campus Connection Childcare Program. To capitalize on this offer, parents should contact Campus Connection at (805) 938-8950. Please note that parents will need to pay for any childcare that occurs past school dismissal.

Bus Transportation

Like other elementary school students, kindergartners are able to ride the bus to and from school utilizing bus stops designated by the district Transportation Department. The Transportation Department soon will post on the district website its bus stops and schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents/guardians of kindergartners should plan for supervision of their child at the morning bus stop and also should make sure they or a designee is present to receive their child when the bus arrives in the afternoon.

School Meals

Full Day K

Like other elementary school students, kindergartners may partake in breakfast and lunch on campus. All school meals are free, and will be served in “ready to eat” fashion. The district Child Nutrition Program will send out menus and meal information via the district’s Parent Square platform for school-home communication.

Due to COVID-19 health guidelines students will begin the year needing to eat meals outdoors in a supervised area. Hopefully students will be able to eat in the cafeteria later in the school year.

COVID-19 Health Guidelines

Schools in the Orcutt Union School District will return to full-time in-person format for the 2021-2022 school year. As of now, state and county public health officials are requiring all students to wear masks when they are indoors at school (masks do not need to be worn outside). Meantime, these officials have removed requirements for distancing, cohorting, and health screenings. We look forward to resuming full in-person instruction and a more regular school routine.

Communication with the Teacher and School

Our school district takes pride in ongoing communication with parents. Early in the school year, parents are invited to attend a Back to School Night at which the teacher outlines plans and expectations for the school year. Additionally, teachers will be scheduling parent-teacher conferences the week of September 27-October 1. During the conference, teachers share about the student’s progress and converse with parents on goals for the year. This conference is an important opportunity for teachers and parents to establish a partnership.

Schools communicate frequently with parents via the Parent Square platform for communication. Schools regularly post messages via email and occasionally send out text alerts. Parent Square also provides Spanish translation for parents.

Student Safety

As mentioned earlier, Orcutt schools are safe, comfortable places for students, and student safety is the district’s top priority. Teachers work to forge a bond with each of their students and also to foster a sense of community in their classroom. Classroom and school rules and expectations are reviewed with students at the beginning of the year. Students are closely and actively supervised at recesses and mealtimes. Teachers and principals focus on rewarding positive behavior and preventing problems, but they also are ready to set limits and apply appropriate consequences when issues occur. Safety also entails emergency preparedness, and schools regularly hold drills to be ready for a range of emergency situations.

Transitional Kindergarten

The district’s transitional kindergarten program continues for students who turn five between September 2 and December 2. In Orcutt, TK classes are located at Joe Nightingale School. Students are assigned to either an early session (8:00-11:15 a.m.) or a later session (11:20 a.m.-2:35 p.m.). Parents of incoming TK students are invited and encouraged to enroll their children now!

How to Enroll

Click on the button for directions for online or in-person registration of students.

Questions about enrollment can be addressed to Carol Sutton, csutton@orcutt-schools.net or (805) 938-8946.

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions regarding our full-day kindergarten program, please feel free to contact your school principal. You also may contact the OUSD Educational Services Department at (805) 938-8930.

We have looked forward to launching full-day kindergarten for quite some time. We encourage all families of eligible children to enroll in this exciting program now. See you on campus in the coming school year!

Sincerely and respectfully,

Holly Edds, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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