First Day Planned for Ottumwa Kindergartners

By Jason Van Arkel, August 16, 2019

For the fifth consecutive year, the Ottumwa Community School District will implement a plan to help its newest students transition into kindergarten.

All of the kindergartners in the district will be divided into two groups. The first group will start school on Friday, August 23rd, then have the following Monday off. The second group won’t start school until Monday the 26th. Both groups will be in class from nine in the morning until two in the afternoon, with parents spending the first hour in the classroom with their children. After the split opening days, all kindergartners will have their first full day of school on Tuesday the 27th.

“These smaller groups of students allow teachers time to get to know students and ensure the class becomes a positive classroom community,” said Amy Taylor, the principal at Douma Elementary. The kids will still take part in all the activities of a normal school day, including classroom activities, recess, and eating lunch. “Students will learn the purpose of those places and practice some procedures before they are in their classroom all day and expected to follow those routines,” Taylor said.

Ottumwa schools developed the mini-schedule in 2014. Parents will receive a letter from the district with their child’s scheduled day. They can contact the secretary at their child’s elementary school if they have any questions.


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