The Beatrice Public Schools Board of Education approved a change to the calendar for the upcoming school year.
At Monday night’s meeting, the board unanimously approved changes that will only affect preschool classes for the 2018-2019 school year. In order to get preschool classes to meet the minimum requirement of 450 hours of instructional time, preschool students will be starting class on a different date than the rest of the district.
Originally, to make up for about six days of instructional time that the preschool needed, Superintendent Pat Nauroth said they had planned to pick six Wednesdays—a day that preschool classes do not typically meet—to have students attend class. Missy Timmerman, director of early childhood development, met with staff at the preschool to come up with another plan.
To add in the six instructional days, Nauroth said, the preschool will move its start date up to Aug. 16 from Aug. 21, which will gain three days. In January, preschool students will return from winter break on Jan. 10 instead of January 14, which will add another two days. Then, on Feb. 18 of 2019, which is a scheduled professional development day that students in kindergarten through 12th grade will have off, the preschool will be in session.
“Preschool takes Wednesdays off and they do a lot of professional development,” Nauroth said. “I know Ms. Timmerman met with Jackie Nielsen, they talked through that and felt that that would be easy enough to use that day for a school day, rather than a professional development, they would make that up.”
Nauroth said that in order to add the days back in August and January, preschool staff are trying to find a way to get in their necessary home visits and structure their time a little differently.
“To me, this is the best way to do that,” Nauroth said. “It really does not impact K-12 and I think it's a good compromise to get the days in for preschool.”