Frequently Asked Questions
Updated March 26, 2020. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN.
Q: I heard the governor's announcement that schools are to resume teaching our chidren via distance and other modalities that do not involve face to face instruction. How in the world are you going to teach 4 year olds?
A: We don't know yet, but we are working hard to figure it out! Where there is a will . . . .
Q: Will you still have the PreK drawing on March 24?
A: No, but we plan to hold it on March 25th. Since it is not safe to gather in groups, we will hold the drawing virtually.
Martine Bates is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: PreK Drawing
Time: Mar 25, 2020 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 463 893 2970
Q: Will I have to pay tuition for the days we are out of school?
A: No. Will adjust the tuition once we know what our return date will be.
Q: When does preregistration open for the 2020-21 school year?
A: Pre-registration will open on January 15, 2020. In order to have your child's name in the drawing, you need to register by March 20 to give us time to print out the names and get them ready for the drawing.
Q: Will Pre-Registration close on March 20?
A: No--registration actually never closes! Your child will not get into the drawing if you register after March 20, but if we have space, we will still take your child. Some schools have more registrations than they have space for, but others continue to have openings.
Q: When will the drawings be held?
A: The drawings will be held on March 24, 2020. You are welcome to attend. We will provide a tentative schedule for the drawings a little closer to time. See above.
Q: Is it too late for me to sign up for the current year?
A: Not at all! OSR requires us to begin school with 16 students in each class, then allows us to add up to two more under certain circumstances. We sometimes lose students during the year, and some of our wait lists are not long. If you are interested in having your child attend a high quality PreK in Morgan County for the 2019-20 school year, we urge you to email Dr. Martine Fairbanks at email@example.com.
Q: Why are you charging tuition? I thought this was a public school program!
A: Actually, PreK is different. While many (but not all) PreK classes are held in public schools, the program is not strictly a public school program. PreK is funded by competitive grants, but the grants do not cover all of the costs of the program. In fact, in Morgan County, the grants cover only 60-70% of the costs. We simply cannot run our PreK classes without our parent partners providing some of the support. Compared to daycare, it’s a bargain—and your child gets a high quality education from certified teachers!
Q: How do you decide how much tuition we will owe?
A: Tuition charges are income-based, and are based on a chart provided by the Office of School Readiness (OSR). There is a tab on this site for you to use in figuring your tuition.
Q: What if we do not pay the tuition?
A: If there are special circumstances, we will work with you on a temporary basis. The grants provided by OSR do not cover all of our expenses, so we need to have our parents partner with us.
Q: What is the tuition money used for?
A: It is used for a variety of expenses, including field trips, classroom materials and supplies, playground upgrades, professional development for the teachers (which is mandated by OSR), and other classroom needs. None of the money will go to Montgomery or be used to support any other school programs.
Q: Will my child be able to ride the bus to PreK?
A: No transportation will be provided. Four year olds cannot ride on a school bus without modified seats.
Q: What will the hours be?
A: That is decided at the local school. The day is 6 ½ hours, which is shorter than the regular school day.
Q: I need after school care. Can I get it at the school?
A: Again, that is a local school decision. Some of the schools do have after school care available.
Q: When do I get a supply list?
A: You don’t! Your teacher may send a “wish list,” but one of the uses of your tuition money is to purchase the supplies your child will need.
Q: Why don’t you have PreKs in all of the elementary schools?
A: We’re trying! We now have classes in all of our elementary schools except one, and it is served by a Head Start OSR PreK. We hope to start a Morgan County PreK class at Eva this year, which will give us at least one class in every school.
Q: Is it too late for me to register my child?
A: No, it's not. Although the drawing was held on March 1, we often have vacancies and fill them from our wait list. If you are interested in signing your child up, find the tab on this site and follow the link. Don't forget to select one or more schools before you exit, or your child's name will not show up, and we won't know you registered.
Q: Where can we find the chart that shows how much our tuition will be?
A: There is a tab at this site marked “Tuition.” Find your income and family size, then look up to see what percentage of the poverty level your family falls under. Look for that percentage on the bottom chart, and you will have your monthly tuition.
Q: Isn’t that chart too complicated?
A: Yes. It is from the federal government. You expected simple?
Q: My child’s birthday falls just a few days too late to PreK. Can you make an exception and take her?
A: The state is firm on the birthdates—the child must be four on or before September 1. Community Action does take 3 year olds, though. For more information, call Stephanie Johnson at (256) 260-3144.
Q: Will you need a birth certificate?
A: Yes, and proof of immunization, and a social security number. We must have the birth certificate and SS # before we can register your child, and will require the immunization as soon as you can get it. While the OSR literature says you must provide the documents, it is OK to wait until after the drawing.
Q: Do you expect me to believe there is really a random drawing?
A: Sure do! It is open to the public. Feel free to attend the drawing yourself to see that it is fair and impartial. The only exception is people who work at the school, whose children are allowed in automatically.
MORE TO COME!
Are there other questions you would like to see answered? Please email them to Mbfairbanks@morgank12.org.