Aug. 1 or Sept. 30 — that's the choice the Ohio Department of Education gives school systems for the dates by which rising kindergartners need to be 5 years old. Kindergarten teachers in Norwalk City Schools want the district to push back the deadline to Aug. 1 because they say having students who are a few months older make a big difference with the way children perform in the classroom.
Teachers brought the issue to the attention of Superintendent Dennis Doughty about three years ago.
Four kindergarten teachers made a presentation to the school board at Tuesday's meeting. Three of the four teachers had children with June through September birthdays and made the decision to keep their kids home instead of starting school because the teachers/parents didn't think their children were ready.
A story about this subject was published in Saturday's Reflector.