Last term, EBC requested that we put class size limits on the K & under classrooms. In times past, some of our classes, for example, say the Three year old class, had gotten noticeably big in student count, for the size of the room. We as the leadership of Friday School, had noticed this happening at different times, and we were just careful to make sure that we had the right Adult/Student ratios in the classes. Yet, for fire safety & liability reasons, they requested that class counts take into account the size of the room, along with the number of adults and students that would need to evacuate in case of emergency. Their concern is valid. And last Fall we adjusted to what they requested. In order to compensate for the changes, we ended up shifting students around as best we could to accommodate them. It "worked" yet, we realized that we needed to figure out a different way to handle it.
Besides just not having enough room in the K&Under classes, this also caused us to turn away multiple families with older students. (There was room in 1-12 classes for their older kids, but not enough room in K&Under for their younger kids.)
As the leadership of Friday School discussed these couple of issues, we realized that our focus as a coop - is to offer classes for school aged kids. So, in order to reflect that, we decided to change the order as of this upcoming registration.
How it will work on registration day:
There will be a separate ticket color for each of the following three groups:
9am Teachers (they may register their own K&unders)
11am Families with 1st-12th graders (they may register their own K&unders)
then Families with only N-K students
**If we have more K&Under kids than available spots, we will waitlist them and will see if we can fit them in after registration.
This change will be noted in the catalog that I hope to have out by tomorrow. It will also be noted on our website & facebook.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.