Hello Preschool Families,
Beginning the week of September 14th, Daviess County Public Schools will move to “orange” on the stoplight model. This means that students from preschool through eighth grade will begin coming to in-person classes using the A/B model.
For preschool, that means students in Group A will attend Mondays and Tuesdays at school (will do lesson extensions at home on Thursdays and Fridays). No in-person or online lesson extensions on Wednesdays.
Group B will attend Thursdays and Fridays at school (will do lesson extensions at home on Mondays and Tuesdays). No in-person or online lesson extensions on Wednesdays.
So what does the A/B model look like in a preschool setting? While it is our hope to make this a positive first school experience, this will not look like the traditional preschool day due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Kentucky Department of Education specific guidance for preschool in the public school setting and in adherence with local health department recommendations, the preschool day will include the following:
While masks are not required for pre-k students, they are highly recommended.
Teachers are required to wear personal protective equipment when one-to-one assistance is needed (i.e. toileting, crying, difficulty separating from family). This includes a mask, full gown, gloves, and face shields if the situation warrants. We are aware that this attire may make us appear as a nurse or doctor and may trigger fears. For this reason, please prepare & discuss this with your child.
We will spend a lot of time educating about proper hand washing & personal space.
Daily temps will be taken upon arrival at the bus or car.
Social Distancing will occur throughout the day.
Children will participate in individual play (6 feet apart) at stations for 15-20 min segments.
No sharing of materials/toys without sanitation first.
Children will be 6 feet apart during lunch time, walking down the hall, and during group activities.
Outdoor playground equipment will NOT be allowed at this time. Opportunity for outdoor play can be provided (i.e. social distanced nature walk or other low-touch activities).
Due to transportation challenges & sanitation measures, the operation of class times may vary from school to school and session to session.
We know this isn’t a typical start to your child’s preschool experience. It is our hope to make it as positive as possible under these challenging circumstances. We understand that everyone may not be ready to send their child to school yet and that is okay. You can still participate in the learning extensions (these are not the video lessons, but online learning extensions/bitmoji classrooms). Families can work with their teachers regarding google meets.
The DCPS Preschool Team
Applying for the Preschool Program:
Registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open and will continue throughout the year. We welcome your application. All applications will be completed online through the link provided on the preschool page. If you do not have internet access, then you can stop by the elementary school closest to your home between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays where you will be able to submit your application.
The Kentucky Preschool Program is available to all children determined to be eligible. Families may begin the process to determine eligibility at their home school.
Four-year-old children without a disability or developmental delay must meet ALL the following criteria:
* Must be 4 years old before or on August 1 of the current school year
* Must be a resident of the Daviess County School District
* Must meet income eligibility guidelines - click here for guidelines
Three and four-year-old children may be eligible for preschool upon the child’s third birthday if the determination has been made by the Admissions and Release Committee that the child has a developmental delay or disability and may be in need of special education services.
Three and four-year-old children may also apply for our fee-based program if they do not qualify by income or with a delay or disability. We have the fee-based option at most of our elementary schools with a cost of $200 monthly with a $200 deposit due with application. All fee-based applications and deposits are to be filled out and submitted at Central Office.
The following are the required documents your child will need prior to attending preschool:
- Copy of Birth Certificate
- Copy of Social Security Card
- Physical Examination Form
- Immunization Certificate
- Vision Examination by an eye doctor
All immunizations must be up to date.
If your child will be attending the Head Start Program the following documents will be required in addition to the documents listed above:
- Proof of Income
- LEAD Testing
If it is determined that your child does not qualify for the Daviess County Preschool Program, you are encouraged to consider our fee-based program. For questions about this program, please contact Central Office at 270-852-7000, or stop by 1622 Southeastern Parkway Owensboro, KY 42303.
Head Start - Audubon Area
Head Start is offered to children who will be 3 years old on or before Aug. 1 and who meet Head Start eligibility requirements. Programming is offered for six hours per day at Meadow Lands and Tamarack Elementary Schools. If you are interested, please click the link below.
Telephone: (270) 852-7000
Fax: (270) 852-7010
Preschool Administrative Assistant