Pre-Kindergarten pilot program

Update on our Pre-K pilot program

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Please find information about the pre-K pilot below, along with the important timeline for the lottery application process. Thank you.


During the May 12 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the Spencerport School District’s Budget proposal for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to current fiscal challenges presented by COVID 19, it was not feasible for the purchase of a Pre-K bus to occur for the pilot Pre-Kindergarten program scheduled to begin at Munn in the Fall of 2020.

Therefore, the district will not be providing bussing for the Munn Pre-K program. It will be the responsibility of the parent to arrange for transportation to and from the Pre-K program if a child is enrolled in the program. If you have already confirmed your child’s enrollment for the Pre-K program for the 2020-2021 school year and your child is no longer able to attend the assigned session due to a change in transportation, please contact Kristen Paolini at (585) 349-5156 as soon as possible.

The Munn Pre-K pilot program is included in the District’s proposed 2020-2021 school budget. Currently, there are remaining seats in the Pre-K program. To best utilize the resources allocated for the program, the District will open the remaining seats for application from any child in the Spencerport School District who meets the age requirements. In the event that the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available, the District will use a lottery system to determine students selected for the program.

Please see the timeline below for important dates in this process.

  • June 9, 2020 : Pre-K application is live on the District website and available for pick up at District Office between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. If you are coming to District Office to pick up an application, please call Kristen Paolini at 585-349-5156 to schedule a pickup time. You can remain in your car and the application will be delivered to you in the upper parking lot of District Office.
  • June 19, 2020: Pre-K applications are due by 3:00 pm.
  • June 22, 2020: Pre-K Lottery will be held to randomly select students to participate in the Pre-K program and to generate a waiting list, if applicable.
  • June 23 to June 26, 2020: Families will be notified of their child’s status in the Pre-K program and mailed a registration packet.
  • There will be a date for Pre-K registration at date and time to be determined this summer.

Please note that if the budget vote does not pass or if the district faces a significant reduction in State Aid , the district will need to revise its budget; this revision could include the loss of the Pre-K program for the 2020-2021 school year. Should this occur, the District would not begin the application process as outlined above.

If you are interested in the pilot Pre-Kindergarten program for your child, more information on the program is included below.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Child turns 4 years old on or before December 1, 2020 (born between December 2, 2015 and December 1, 2016)
  • Child resides in the Spencerport Central School District
  • Child is able to attend Pre-K five days a week
  • A completed application must be received by 3:00 pm on June 19, 2020
         o Applications can be found on the District’s website at, www.spencerportschools.org and should be submitted via email to kpaolini@spencerportschools.org given school closure due to COVID 19.

         o If it is not possible to email the application, it can be mailed to the address below, but must be received by 3:00 pm on June 19, 2020:

Kristen Paolini, Director of Curriculum
Spencerport Central Schools
71 Lyell Avenue
Spencerport, NY 14559

         o Parents may schedule a drop off time for in-person submission of the application on June 19, 2020 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. If you are coming to District Office to drop off an application, please call 585-349-5156 to schedule a drop off time. You can remain in your car and the application will be collected from you in the upper parking lot of District Office.

Spencerport’s Pre-K Program Details
  • Spencerport Pre-K is a no cost program for participating families.
  • The Pre-K program is located at Munn Elementary School and is part of a two-year pilot program.
  • Pre-K classes will be taught by a certified teacher with the assistance of a Teacher’s Aide.
  • Class size will be capped at 18 students per class.
  • There will be a morning and an afternoon session:
       o Morning: 8:30 am - 11:00 am (limited seats remain in this session)
       o Afternoon: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • It is strongly encouraged that students are potty-trained before attending Pre-K.
  • To be considered, families must complete and return a Pre-K application by June 19, 2020.

Lottery
  • Should the number of applicants exceed the number of available spots in the program, a lottery will be held on June 22, 2020 at the Spencerport District Office.
  • The lottery will accept the students for the available Pre-K slots and include a rank order for the Pre-K wait list.
  • Within a couple weeks, families will receive a letter in the mail to let them know if the child was selected to be in the Pre-K program or if he/she was placed on the waiting list.
  • If selected in the lottery, families will receive a packet of important information. Included will be:
       o An acceptance form, which must be received within a week (the date indicated on the letter), or your child’s slot will be assigned to the next child on the wait list
       o School Registration paperwork
       o A note from the child’s Pre-K teacher


Wait List Procedures
  • The wait list will be maintained during the school year in the event slots become available.
  • If/when a parent/guardian of a selected student decides not to enroll the child, or drops out of the program, the first family on the wait list will be contacted. This will repeat until a family accepts the available slot.
  • Any student of a family that rejects the offered slot is moved to the end of the waiting list.

Registration
Selected Pre-K students and a parent/guardian must attend one of the two mandatory Registration Sessions, the dates of which will be communicated in the coming weeks. At Registration, we will collect all completed School Registration paperwork, administer a short pre-academic screening with your child, and introduce you and your child to their Pre-K teacher, Mrs. Dana Campbell.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Kristen Paolini, Director of Curriculum, at 349-5156 or you may e-mail her at kpaolini@spencerportschools.org