VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Heather Allen
Date: 05/16/17 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 070 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: heather.allen@vbschools.com

VBCPS announces first phase of full-day kindergarten implementation

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is beginning a multiyear implementation plan to transition its elementary schools from a half-day to a full-day kindergarten program. As part of the first phase, the following 11 elementary schools will launch new full-day programs at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year: Bayside, Cooke, Corporate Landing, Creeds, Glenwood, Malibu, Pembroke Meadows, Point O’ View, Thalia, White Oaks and Windsor Oaks.

These 11 schools will join 12 other elementary schools across the division that already provide full-day kindergarten programs using Title I and local funding. Additional elementary schools will transition to a full-day program each school year until the implementation is complete at all 53 VBCPS elementary schools with kindergarten classes.

“We are eager to provide this educational opportunity to the children and families in Virginia Beach,” said VBCPS Superintendent Aaron Spence. “Our young learners will benefit from this expanded instructional experience and it will build a strong foundation for their elementary years. I know our staff members are busy preparing for this new endeavor and are excited to welcome students to kindergarten next year.”

Full-day kindergarten sites for next year were selected based on information such as current sections of pre-kindergarten and extended day kindergarten (EDK), literacy benchmark data, socioeconomic data and other unique site factors.

Parents of rising kindergarteners enrolled at the 11 identified schools will receive separate communication from school principals in the coming weeks about the program, school hours and student schedules.

For more information about kindergarten or student registration, visit www.vbschools.com.

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