Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 20-26-5-1.

Synopsis: Optional full day kindergarten. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may establish a full-day, half-day, or combination program for kindergarten. For a school corporation that establishes a full-day kindergarten program, provides that the parent of an enrolled kindergarten student determines whether the student attends kindergarten for a full or half day.

Effective: July 1, 2007.


    January 8, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.


First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-26-5-1; (07)IN1055.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-26-5-1, AS ADDED BY P.L.1-2005, SECTION 10, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 1. (a) A school corporation shall:
        (1) conduct an educational program for all children who reside within the school corporation in kindergarten and in grades 1 through 12; and
        (2) provide each preschool child with a disability with an appropriate special education as required under IC 20-35-4-9 only if the general assembly appropriates state funds for preschool special education.
    (b) A school corporation may:
        (1) conduct an educational program for adults and children at least fourteen (14) years of age who do not attend a program described in subsection (a);
        (2) provide instruction in vocational, industrial, or manual training;
        (3) provide libraries for the schools of the school corporation;
        (4) provide public libraries open and free for the use and benefit of the residents and taxpayers of the school corporation where permitted by law;
        (5) provide vacation school and recreational programs;
        (6) conduct other educational or other activities as are permitted or required to be performed by law by any school corporation; and
        (7) provide a school age child care program that operates during periods when school is in session for students who are enrolled in a half-day kindergarten program.
    (c) A school corporation shall develop a written policy that provides for:
        (1) the implementation of a school age child care program for children who attend kindergarten through grade 6 that, at a minimum, operates after the school day and may include periods before school is in session or periods when school is not otherwise in session (commonly referred to as a latch key program) and is offered by the school corporation; or
        (2) the availability of the school corporation's buildings or parts of the school corporation's buildings to conduct the type of program described in subdivision (1) by a nonprofit organization or a for-profit organization.
    (d) The written policy required under subsection (c) must address compliance with certain standards of reasonable care for children served by a child care program offered under subsection (c), including:
        (1) requiring the offering entity to acquire a particular amount of liability insurance; and
        (2) establishing maximum adult to child ratios governing the overall supervision of the children served.
If a school corporation implements a child care program as described in subsection (c)(1) or enters into a contract with an entity described in subsection (c)(2) to provide a child care program, the school corporation may not assess a fee for the use of the building, and the contract between the school corporation and the entity providing the program must be in writing. However, the school corporation may assess a fee to reimburse the school corporation for providing security, maintenance, utilities, school personnel, or other costs directly attributable to the use of the building for the program. In addition, if a school corporation offers a child care program as described in subsection (c)(1), the school corporation may assess a fee to cover costs attributable to implementing the program.
     (e) The following apply to a kindergarten program conducted under this section:
        (1) The governing body shall determine whether to conduct the kindergarten program as a full-day program, a half-day program, or a combination full-day and half-day program.
        (2) The parent of a student who is enrolled in kindergarten in a school corporation that establishes a full-day kindergarten program shall determine whether the student will attend kindergarten for a half day or a full day.

    (e) (f) The powers under this section are purposes as well as powers.