Lynbrook School District officials will have to change the hours of operation for the Kindergarten Center next school year, Superintendent Dr. Melissa Burak announced at a Board of Education meeting on May 2. She said a letter had already been sent out to parents of incoming kindergarten students.
The Kindergarten Center currently has two sessions for students — one in the morning and one in the afternoon. But because of a proposed change to New York state education law that would require seventh- through 12th-grade students to have 990 hours of instruction and kindergarten through sixth-graders to have 900 hours of instruction in a school year, every kindergartener would have to attend class from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. next year. Currently, the Kindergarten Center has two sessions, one from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Our kindergarten fell short of the 900 required hours so we extended the length of the day for next year,” Burak said in a statement.
The state Board of Regents is set to vote on the proposal in June. More information regarding transportation for students at the Kindergarten Center will be provided soon, Burak said.