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When You’ve Got to Go … to Kindergarten


Not all restroom facilities are created equal. In some you sit, and in some you stand. Starting this fall, restrooms in the Basehor-Linwood school district will be more equal. All kindergarten classrooms will have them.

Bathroom construction is underway in three classrooms at Basehor Elementary School, according to Superintedent David Howard’s blog. These were the only district kindergarten classrooms lacking facilities.

Having someplace to go became more urgent when the district decided to offer a full-day kindergarten program in all of its elementary schools starting this fall.

According to the USD 458 website, the state of Kansas only provides financial support for half-day kindergarten. Research demonstrates academic and social benefits of full-day kindergarten programs, and district officials wanted to provide these benefits to their students.

Because of the challenging economic environment, the district was unable to budget for all-day kindergarten, so the optional program will cost $35 a week per student. Students whose families are eligible for free- and reduced-cost meals will be eligible for free- and reduced-price kindergarten.

Toilet paper will be provided at no additional cost.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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