Spring Grove schools approve full-day kindergarten

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

Full-day kindergarten is coming to Spring Grove.

The Spring Grove Area school board approved a measure  Monday, March 26, for the program, starting with the 2018-19 school year.

Public comment regarding board member Matt Jansen during the Spring Grove school board meeting at the Educational Service Center in Spring Grove, Monday, March 6, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Up to this point, the district has offered extended and half-day kindergarten programs.

“A traditional full-day program had been continuously examined, and additional study and exploration intensified over the past few months,” said district Superintendent David Renaut.

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“Continued research and input from a recent kindergarten registration survey ultimately supported moving ahead with full-day kindergarten for this coming year.”

In a news release, the district outlined several benefits related to full-day kindergarten,  including decreased failure and drop-out rates in students later in their academic careers.

It also noted the opportunity for Spring Grove students "to have a level playing field" as more districts implement full-day kindergarten and pre-K programs.

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Just last month, West York Area School District approved full-day kindergarten, which alsowill commence at the start of the 2018-19 school year.