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Miscommunication in Beaverton schools leaves parents in the dark

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Miscommunication within the Beaverton School District left hundreds of parents in the dark about the start of the school year.

The district confirmed it decided to delay all kindergarten classes for four days, and that decision was made back in June.

But, FOX 12 has learned, many parents are just now finding out about the delay this week.

The district says when they gave notice about the delay, it was up to each principal at each school to notify parents. But those principals went on summer break, and as it turns out, some never saw the email and didn't notify parents until recently, according to the district.

Scott Sherry says since the day his son was born, he's thought about the day he'd send his little boy off to school for the first time.

It was a moment so important, he and his wife took time off of work months ago to make sure they'd be a part of it all.

"It's a very important day. I still remember my first day of kindergarten, when my parents took me to the bus stop, and it was a big deal," said Sherry.

Now, Sherry says, it's a moment in his son's life he may no longer get to experience after learning kindergarten classes at Ridgewood Elementary school begin Sept. 9 and not Sept. 4 like his family originally prepared for.

"That really changed everything for us. It affects our vacation, child care, and we're just one story. My secondary thought is, what about everyone else? Who else knows about this?" said Sherry.

And it turns out, not many parents do.

At Beaverton City Park, FOX 12 crews ran into Shae Encinas and her daughter Emily, who is about to enter kindergarten in two weeks. Encinas only knew about the delay in the school year after being notified by FOX 12.

"You know, you're expecting to put your kid in school on the fourth, and now you can't," said Encinas. "What if people go to school on the fourth and then find out it's really the ninth? That's just kind of wrong."

The Beaverton School District admits communication could have been better, and blames the situation on schools being closed for the summer.

Sherry says he finally received a note from Ridgewood Elementary Tuesday about the delay and only after he found out from fellow parents.

Sherry says he's also received a personal apology from the school's principal, but adds the whole situation seems like one big excuse.

"This was obviously the perfect storm of events, being away during summer, miscommunication, people not following up, but for a school system, this is basically turning in sloppy homework," said Sherry.

The district says the reason for the delay is because of the new state requirement for kindergarten student assessments at the start of each school year, which takes about four days.

The district says it began reaching out to elementary schools this week to make sure they are getting the word out as soon as possible.

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