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Transitional Kindergarten

Frequently Asked Questions About TK

Q. How do I register my child for Fall 2020 Transitional Kindergarten?
* Go to www.alamedaunified.org. Click on the enrollment backpack on the right side of the page and follow the directions for new 20-21 enrollment.


Q. What is Transitional Kindergarten and who is eligible?
* TK is the first of a two-year Kindergarten experience for students whose fifth birthdays fall between September 2, 2015 and December 2, 2015. AUSD uses the defined California eligibility dates for placement. There are no exceptions. TK provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum focused on social-emotional skill-building and is taught by credentialed teachers.


Q. What if I would like to place my student in Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten and their birthday does not fall within the designated dates?
* There are no exceptions to the date ranges. However, once the school year begins you can request a meeting with your child’s teacher to discuss options.


Q. What is the Kindergarten age requirement?
* Students enrolling for the 20-21 school year must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2020.


Q. Do the immunization requirements need to be completed when I come to my enrollment appointment?
* Yes. At the time of your in-person enrollment appointment, your TK student’s immunizations must meet the minimum California immunization requirements. Please see the Minimum Immunization Requirements on the right side of the enrollment packet.


Q. Does my child's physical examination need to be completed at the time of my enrollment appointment?
* No. The physical exam may be completed up to 18 months prior to entry into first grade (6 months prior to the start of kindergarten) or within 90 days after the start of first grade. Parents may waive the health checkup requirement if they are unable to obtain a health screening for their child, or choose not to obtain a health screening. In this case, the parent must sign the ‘Waiver of Health Examination for School Entry’ and turn it in at the time of their enrollment appointment. If the waiver indicates that the parents were unable to obtain such services, the reasons must be included in the waiver. If a parent was unable to obtain services due to financial constraints, their child may be eligible to receive a no-cost health examination through the CHDP program.
PLEASE NOTE: The physical exam requirement is separate from the immunization requirements.

Q. Does my child's Oral Health Assessment need to be completed at the time of my enrollment?
* No, but it should be turned in as soon as possible. The child’s dental exam (Oral Health Assessment) can be obtained up to 12 months prior to the start of kindergarten, or any time during the kindergarten year. By state law, the exam must be complete and the form submitted to your school office by May 31st of your child’s kindergarten year.


Q. What is the first day of school for 2020-2021 school year?
* August 17, 2020


Q. What is the starting and ending time for the Transitional Kindergarten day?
* 8:30-12:15 at Love and Ruby Bridges; 8:45-12:30 at Earhart.


Q. Do transitional kindergarten students eat lunch at school?
* Lunch time is not included in the TK day. Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch may still obtain a lunch after school.


Q. How can I visit a transitional kindergarten classroom?
* Each elementary school schedules tours for new parents during the month of January. Contact your neighborhood school to sign up for a tour.


Q. I have additional questions. Who can answer these?
* Many questions can be answered in your registration packet or during your school tour. Questions regarding specific enrollment procedures can be directed to our website at www.alamedaunified.org, the school office, or the Office of Student Services, 337-7072.

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