In an effort to reduce classroom sizes from 22 to 17 students, Washington Heights Elementary School on the West Shore decided to create a new section of kindergarten. The change goes into effect Monday but parents say they were not told until Thursday.
“The biggest concern to me is the lack of notice, a day and a half notice is not sufficient,” said parent Jacqui Fodor. She is a single mom who works full time.
“They need to keep her in the class with the teacher she adores, with her friends from the neighborhood,” said Fodor.
Her five-year-old daughter Bailee has been forced to switch from PM kindergarten to AM with a whole new teacher and all new classmates.
“I can’t tell her what bus she will get on or where she will get off at or what the routine will be,” said Fodor.
Beyond the disappointment Bailee feels, Fodor is left struggling to find a new daycare for Bailee on such short notice.
“With a day and a half notice, everyone has to changer their work schedules, we have to make sure our provider wants to do AM kindergarten because they didn’t take them into consideration,” she said.
The school did not inform the students, leaving them in the dark about the changes. Fodor questions whether the district has any sympathy for their students and parents.
“They made this decision without consulting me as a parent If I am adamantly against this I should have a say she has already been put in this class,” she said.
School officials admit they did not tell parents this kind of change was a possibility until it was already approved Thursday. School officials are however offering bus transportation for the students who have new schedules.