San Diego Unified recommends against kindergarten gap year
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The San Diego Unified School District is emphasizing to families that children who turned 5 this week or earlier should enroll in kindergarten. School leaders are increasingly concerned parents may be waiting to enroll their students because COVID-19 has forced schools to remain physically closed.

Media reports have spotlighted declines in kindergarten enrollment in other large districts. This spring, the largest group of students who failed to log in for online learning were kindergartners: 51 percent in San Diego Unified. Children who turned 5 on or before Sept. 1 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten throughout the district.

“As a former elementary school teacher, I want parents to know there is so much more than Zoom calls happening for our kindergarteners right now,” Superintendent Cindy Marten said. “Kindergarten is a critical time for students to make friends, learn about school and begin building the academic skills they will need later in life. Our professional educators are ready to make that happen for all our kindergarteners, which is why we need them to enroll today.”

Families are encouraged to sign up
at their children for kindergarten to begin their K-12 education, and to establish a connection with their San Diego Unified school community.

During online learning, a Chromebook laptop computer will be provided to every kindergartner. San Diego Unified offers live, daily interaction between every student and his or her teacher. The district also offers assistance to families in need of WIFI, and students are eligible for free meals available at distribution sites across the district.

“Kindergarten has critical core components embedded in the school day,” said Principal Deb Ganderton of McKinley Elementary School.

In the spring when schools closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19, participation rates for online learning across all grade levels at San Diego Unified schools exceeded 97 percent for transitional-kindergarten through high school. Of the students who did not participate, the majority, 51 percent, were students in the very youngest grade levels, transitional-kindergarten and kindergarten.

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September 07, 2020
Well maybe if you guys actually moved into the 21st century, you might have a point, but just using tech doesnt make you modern. Your curriculum is still designed for pre-internet students and the least common denominator.

We are 1 month into your classes and they are still learning to write letters and doing basic counting. Problem is, most kids today already know all that so in reality my son is learning nothing from you. You are just wasting the parents time with busy work.

My son learned the alphabet, addition and writing his name when he was 3. How? A cheap $70 tablet taught him that and a $20 paper house and some crayons. All we had to do was direct him to a handful of educational programs and some games and he learned it on his own. This is how far behind your schools are.

Im not suggesting we don't need schools any more, though you should note that k-6 is not what it used to be, there is still the social aspects and learning to work in teams, but you guys need to stop beating a 20th century dead horse. Until then, there is no point to your kindergarten. Im thinking of pulling my kid out. He would learn more on his own anyway.
September 08, 2020
Anonymous parent - have you approached the teacher about advanced curriculum? The material for the rest of the year might be more advanced. If not, approach the principal to test out of kindergarten and skip to Virtual 1st grade?
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