The Lac du Flambeau Public School School Board met Wednesday to discuss a changing 4-year-old kindergarten schedule.
Currently, LdF Public School offers 4k five days a week all week.
Wisconsin schools are required to operate 4k programs a minimum of 437 hours per year, according to district administrator Larry Ouimette. LdF operates its 4k program for over 1,000 hours a year. As well as hours required for the program there are also hours required for parent outreach activities.
"There's also the component of parent outreach activities which requires ... seven and a half hours," Ouimette explained. "Sometimes it's a little more difficult when we have five days and our teachers are with kids all day long, five days a week for those 4k to plan and to actually do some of those parent outreach activities. So, what we'd like to do is modify that 4k schedule a little bit so that about two times a month our teachers would have off on a Friday - not off but not have students on Friday - where they could plan and also meet with parents and do parent outreach activities."
Ouimette said the days chosen would line up with in service days as much as possible.
"It comes out to about two Fridays a month," Ouimette said.
However, if parents do not have a place for their child to go, the school will provide other care.
"We would provide some kind opportunity for them on those days," Ouimette assured.
The board approved the motion to change the 4k schedule.
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