School administrators in the San Ramon Valley are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a plan for expanded and ultimately universal transitional kindergarten opportunities and an expanded curriculum of learning opportunities for students through sixth grade.
“The purpose of this agenda item is to better understand the three major directives of state law and our plan and implementation challenges,” Unified School District staff wrote. San Ramon Valley in the report prepared for Tuesday’s meeting.
Under new state requirements, school districts are required to expand TK eligibility over the next few years, with the goal of making the program accessible to all children, regardless of income, d school year 2025-26.
Districts are also required to submit plans, beginning in the 2023-24 school year, on how to provide access to full-day early learning in traditional knowledge programs for all children as young as four years old, and how to provide a program of expanded learning opportunities that allows up to nine hours of instruction and supervision combined with at least 50% traditional knowledge to students sixth grade.
“The state’s rollout of these requirements creates significant challenges for our district,” the staff wrote. “The district is required to implement all three concurrently beginning in 2022-23. The three guidelines overlap, but are also distinct and separate. The California Department of Education’s implementation guidelines have been lifted and the funding currently approved will not cover the full cost of the program.”
State funding for the new measures is expected to be $303,201 for Universal Traditional Knowledge deployment and $964,821 for expanded learning grant funding.
“Each of these requirements is complex on its own, let alone when combined,” the staff wrote.
In particular, staff noted that the district had not received sufficient state funding to implement the required after-school programs under the expanded learning opportunities program, leading the district to seek out an external supplier through a request for proposals process. The contract was awarded to Right at Schools “because they have demonstrated their ability to meet program requirements,” the staff wrote.
These include “extending the school day, including homework help, intervention and enrichment activities,” according to staff.
“RAS will offer programs on all elementary campuses for grades 1 through 5, and on five elementary school campuses for TK/K,” the staff continued. “Programs for 6th graders will also be offered, but locations have not yet been determined.”
SRVUSD trustees will vote on the proposed expanded learning plan for the upcoming school year at the June 7 meeting and review the universal TK plan in more detail following Tuesday evening’s discussion.
The next SRVUSD School Board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17. The agenda is available here.
In other cases
* In a closed session prior to the public meeting, administrators will discuss the appointment of a new Educational Services Coordinator and new Assistant College Principals. They will also discuss an item on employee discipline/termination/release, hold labor negotiations with the San Ramon Valley Education Association (SRVEA), and discuss a performance review of Superintendent John Malloy.
* Administrators will consider approving new job titles and pay scales for some child nutrition employees, in line with new state guidelines on expanded access to school meals.
* They will vote on a resolution in thanks for Ronit Batra, the district’s first student councilor, as his term comes to an end.