Gardner Edgerton School District is pleased to announce that all elementary schools in the District will be providing tuition-free, all-day kindergarten beginning the 2017-2018 school year.
The state legislature recently passed a new school funding formula that includes specific funding for all-day kindergarten for Kansas children. In the past, school districts around the state charged a tuition fee for students who attended kindergarten all day.
“We are delighted to be able to provide this service to Gardner Edgerton School District families,” said Pam Stranathan, superintendent. “Many children will benefit educationally and developmentally from the extended programming and curriculum that will be offered in our kindergarten classrooms.”
The new school funding formula does not include At-Risk and fee-based early childhood and Pre-K programs. These programs will continue as they have in the past.
USD 231 families who have already paid all-day kindergarten tuition fees for the 2017-2018 school year will receive a reimbursement. The district will contact those families individually.
The school lunch program will also be available for all-day kindergarteners. Parents who choose to utilize the district’s food service program will need to contact their school, or call the USD 231 Nutrition Services department to set up an account for their child.
School hours for all day kindergarteners will be the same for all elementary grade levels. Bus transportation for kindergarten students will also be available at the start of the school day and at the end of the day. Normal bus transportation guidelines will apply.  For information on transportation enrollment, contact First Student at 913-856-5650.  Friday, August 11, will be the first full day of all-day kindergarten.
Entering kindergarten requires:
Age requirement for kindergarten: five (5) years old on or before August 31, 2017
1. State issued birth certificate (hospital copies not accepted)
2. Official record of all required immunizations
3. Kansas law requires a physical upon entry into any Kansas school for the first time, up to age nine (9)
4. Proof of Residency
5. $70 annual materials fee
Additional information can be found at www.usd231.com .