Start Time Schedules 2013-14Vista Unified School DistrictDevin Vodicka, EdDSuperintendentApril 18, 2013
Background• Start and End Times for schools in grades K-8were not established for the 2012-13 yearuntil August 8, 2012. The first day of schoolwas August 20, 2012.• The Superintendent’s commitment to thecommunity was to establish start/end timesno later than May 2013 for next year.
Process• Superintendent’s Advisory Committee of nine membersrepresenting Del Norte PTA, District Parent Advisory Group,Administrators, Certificated (VTA), and Classified (CSEA)• Meeting Dates– Feb. 11,– Feb. 26– April 2• Analyzed attendance data• Presentations from Transportation were provided• Reviewed 7 scenarios for start/end time• Recommendation to Superintendent on April 2, 2013
Major Changes• Early Start Elementary Schools move from7:35am to 7:45am• Some Elementary schools shift from Early toLate schedule• Kindergarten schedules are aligned at everysite in the district using “Early Bird / LaterGator” Model– Incorporation of lunch into the day extends thestudent experience
Notes from Advisory Committee• 1 Committee member preferred currentschedule and suggested one more year beforemaking any changes• Concerns exist about inequities in morningprogram options between early/late startelementary schools• Committee did not extensively analyzekindergarten models—research and analysiswas conducted by VUSD Administrators
Kindergarten Considerations• Extended Day Kindergarten model violates EducationCode Section 46111• Exceptions can be made if local Board Policy exists tosupport “Early Primary Program” specified in EducationCode 37202 which also requires a resolution pursuantto Education Code 8973• “Affected bargaining units should be consulted andagree to modifying the length of the school day for theparticipating students at the participating schools”• Source:http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/extendaykinder.asp
Research on Extended DayKindergarten• Full Day Kindergarten Effects on Later Academic Success(Milligan, 2012):– “There were no significant differences in students who attendedall-day kindergarten program and students who attended atraditional kindergarten program”• Effects of Full-Day Kindergarten on Academic Achievementand Social Development (Cooper et al, 2010)– “A meta-analysis found that attending a full-day … kindergartenhad a positive association with academic achievement … at theend of the kindergarten year. But the association disappearedby third grade.”– “Children may not have as positive attitude an attitude towardschool in full-day versus half-day kindergarten and mayexperience more behavior problems.”
Kindergarten Plans: Win/Win• Use partnerships with ASES, AM/PM, Boys &Girls Club, etc. to provide enrichmentopportunities for kindergarten studentsbefore and afterschool.• Shift attention in kindergarten toimplementation of Common Core StateStandards and the learning experiences ofstudents.
Conclusion• Superintendent supports the AdvisoryCommittee recommendation to implement“Option 7” for the 2013-14 School Year.• Superintendent will implement alignedkindergarten schedules for 2013-14 SchoolYear with encouragement to sites to expandbefore/afterschool options for all students.• Communication to families will be distributedno later than May 2013.
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