D51 to host Q & A about kindergarten age change decision

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Parents with questions about the change in policy to push back the entrance date for Kindergarten students in District 51 can have them answered by the School District at an open house next week.

The school district announced that elementary level leaders in Mesa County Valley School District 51 will be available for conversation about the recent change to the kindergarten entrance date.

The discussion will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Emerson administration building, 930 Ute Ave.

On Tuesday, the District 51 Board of Education voted to change the entrance date and cutoff date for students to attend school in the district to July 15, from September 15. The change will impact families who have kindergarten students born between July 15 and September 15, who otherwise would have potentially started school this fall. In addition, it impacts new families to the district with students of all ages.

Anyone with questions are invited to attend this conversation in order to obtain answers from district leaders to any questions they may have. “We realize that families may have questions concerning the School Board’s decision to move the kindergarten entrance date from September 15 to July 15,” said Lesley Rose, executive director of academic achievement and student growth. “We, in Elementary Administration, would like to be available to meet with families in person to help address concerns and questions regarding this change.”

Parents who are seeking more information about the change or who are unable to attend the conversation, can call the Elementary Office at 254-5311.

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