Most parents are concerned about safety and transportation with their little ones. Here are some questions I've heard lots. How do I find out where and when the bus will pick up my child? Will someone help my child find their bus after school? Do I need to take them to the bus stop (also Fairfax County will not drop a kindergartener off at a bus stop unless someone is there to get them, i.e., parent, older sibling or babysitter)? If I walk my child to school where do I drop them off? Will there be a teacher outside with my child until the bell rings? In the winter are the kids allowed inside the school before the bell rings? If I drive my child to school, where do I drop them off (kiss-n-ride)? How does the school handle allergies at lunch? What items does my child need to bring the first day or week of school? What are the rules for my child using the restroom? Is there a bathroom in the kindergarten classroom? What will my child be expected to know at the end of kindergarten? How can I help them succeed? Where can I go for ideas on how to help my child succeed? How can I, as the parent, be involved at the school or in the classroom?
Bus, walking, and driving questions are to be addressed at each child’s school.
Parents are to address their child’s allergies and accommodations at the school level.
At the beginning of school, kindergarten teachers will provide a list of materials for parents to send to school.
Most kindergarten classrooms have bathrooms inside the room. Rules for using the restroom will be discussed by kindergarten teachers.
Children are not expected to enter kindergarten exhibiting a specific set of skills. Fairfax County Public Schools Early Childhood Assessment is benchmarked to represent the minimum achievement children will demonstrate by the end of kindergarten. Parents will be informed of their child’s progress throughout the year as their child moves along a developmental continuum in the four-core subject areas in language arts (oral language, reading, writing), mathematics, science, and social studies.
Parents can help their child succeed by reading to them daily. Use questions that ask who, what, where, why, and when. Have frequent conversations to foster oral language development and discuss words that your child may not understand. Recite the nursery rhymes and do finger plays that focus on rhyme. Have your child count how many forks/spoons are needed to set the table. Take your child on walks and discuss what is seen. Visit stores, parks, the library, or the zoo and discuss what was seen.
Parents are to check with their child’s teacher about volunteering in the classroom.