Camas School District offers full-day kindergarten district-wide. First implemented in the fall of 2015, the full-day model provides Camas students with enriched, expanded learning opportunities, and prepares them for greater success in later grades.
The program is being funded by district reserves until the State of Washington funds full-day kindergarten for all school districts, which is expected to begin with the 2017–18 school year.
2017 Back-to-School Schedule
The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a program developed to help ensure that children in Washington get a great start in kindergarten. A component of WaKIDS is Family Connection, which provides an opportunity for families to meet individually with their child’s kindergarten teacher at the beginning of the school year.
These individual meetings are intended to welcome families to school and provide a safe environment in which families can speak freely with the teacher. They help families and teachers begin to build relationships so that they can work together to help children be successful in school. Meetings will be scheduled individually with your child’s teacher.
Camas kindergarteners will have an altered schedule at the beginning of the school year to accommodate the Family Connection meetings. The schedule is:
- September 5-7: Regular, full-day attendance (regular early release at 1:10 PM on Wednesday)
- Friday, September 8: No kindergarten student attendance—Family Connection meetings
- Monday, September 11: No kindergarten student attendance—Family Connection meetings
- September 13-14: Regular, full-day attendance (regular early release at 1:10 PM on Wednesday)
- Friday, September 15: No kindergarten student attendance—Family Connection meetings
Questions? Contact your school office anytime after it reopens in mid-August.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does every elementary school have a full-day kindergarten program?
Yes, all kindergarten classrooms in Camas School District are full-day programs. The first school year of full-day kindergarten was 2015–16.
Is there a half-day option for kindergarten?
No, the Camas School District kindergarten program is a full-day session.
Is there a cost to families for the full-day kindergarten program?
There is no cost to families for full-day kindergarten. The program is being funded by local levy dollars.
Why did the Camas School District move to the full-day kindergarten program?
The full-day kindergarten program offers enriched, expanded learning opportunities for all students, and prepares students for greater success in later grades. The state has plans to move to universal full-day kindergarten throughout the state by 2018.
When does kindergarten registration begin?
Registration for fall begins in February each year. Parents of future kindergarteners are encouraged to attend kindergarten orientation at their school in May. Registration packets will be accepted during orientation. Parents can also choose to register a the district office by appointment. Questions? Contact our district registrars at 360-833-5410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will kindergarten registration packets be available?
Kindergarten registration packets are available each spring here.
How old does a child need to be in order to enroll in kindergarten?
To be admitted to a kindergarten program, a child must turn 5 years old on or before August 31, per Policy 3110.
What documentation is needed in order to register a child for kindergarten?
An official birth certificate, proof of residency in the Camas School District, and current immunization information are required to register. Click here for details.
What is the bell schedule for the full-day kindergarten program?
Kindergarten students attend school on the same schedule, times, and dates, as students in grades 1–5.
Do kindergarten students eat lunch at school?
Kindergarten students have a scheduled lunchtime during the day and can purchase lunch at school or bring lunch from home.
Do kindergarten students have transportation to and from school?
Kindergarten students have the same transportation to and from school as students in grades 1–5.
When do kindergarten students receive their classroom teacher assignments?
Classroom teacher assignments will be sent out by US mail in late August, the same as students in grades 1–5.