The Reporter: Vacaville Unified School District trustees OK transitional kindergarten

By Richard Bammer/

Vacaville Unified School District leaders on Thursday heard updates on transitional kindergarten and rates of Tdap vaccine compliance and formally approved the second reading of a new board policy governing visitors and outsiders, including registered sex offenders, on school campuses.

Superintendent John Niederkorn, speaking at a 30-minute board of trustees’ meeting in the Educational Services Center, reported that 37 students, whose 5th birthday falls between Nov. 2 and Dec. 2, had registered for transitional kindergarten, enough to warrant two classes. They will be held in the afternoon at Fairmont and Hemlock schools, respectively. Students will begin attending regular kindergarten classes — “At their school of residence,” Niederkorn noted — during the 2013-14 academic year.

Part of a new two-year statewide kindergarten program, the classes provide an extra year of school for so-called “fall babies.” Made possible by Senate Bill 1381, the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010, it gradually moves up the age at which students can enroll in traditional kindergarten. For the coming year, which begins Aug. 16, incoming students must be 5 by Nov. 1. Next school year, they must be 5 by Oct. 1. Starting in 2014, the cutoff date is Sept. 1.

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