Safety concerns for all-day kindergarten children

Parents have voiced concern about adequate lunch hour supervision for kindergarten students.

Some parents are concerned about lunch hour supervision for kindergarten students. A letter to the board of education from Penny Mills, co-chair of the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC), stated that the organization had received expressions of concern from parents regarding supervision of kindergarten students over the noon hour period.Katherine McIntosh, director of instruction, said she met with administrators before the school year began and each school has its own supervision plan to deal with the increased requirements brought on by this year’s introduction of all day kindergarten.  “In a followup conversation with principals to see if there were any incidences or concerns about kindergarten students and supervision, principals reminded me that they invite parents to come and talk to them if they have questions or are curious about what the school supervision plan is,” said McIntosh. “They are more than happy to sit down with parents and explain it, and if there are any safety issues or safety related instances that occur principals are certainly willing to evaluate that plan in the situation. Safety is the number one concern of supervision at the schools.”