Why the change to the early release policy?
The early release policy for the 2016-2017 school year was not in line with Ed code. Education code states:
The full day of the program is from the end of the school day until 6pm. The district felt that this would be too long of a day for elementary students and adjusted the early release policy to state the following:
Off-site enrichment programs
Safety issues (darkness, weather)
Participation in school athletic programs and team sports
Requiring the students to stay in the program for two hours allows the student to take full benefit of the program, which includes an academic hour and enrichment hour.
The program is going through a state audit this year and may not be able to count students who do not attend most of the program. Not being able to count students toward attendance goals could affect the funding of the program. Losing program funding may affect being able to offer the program in its entirety to parents and their children.