Rancho Santa Fe School District survey on Spanish classes to be sent out April 16

The Rancho Santa Fe School District will send parents a link to an online survey about reinstituting Spanish language classes for K-5 students on April 16, Superintendent Lindy Delaney said at the April 2 school board meeting.

On April 13, just before the survey link goes out, the district will send parents an informational letter about the survey. Once the link is sent to some 800 email addresses, parents will have one week to complete the survey.

District officials have said that bringing back Spanish instruction will mean trade-offs, because adding a new subject will incur new costs for the district, and also require making room in an already full school schedule.

The school board agreed to send out the survey after parents presented a petition requesting that Spanish language classes be provided for elementary school students. Foreign language classes are offered to district students at the middle school level. The district serves grades K-8.

The district hired a consultant at a cost of $6,000 to conduct the survey, and the questions were drafted with the assistance of a special committee formed for the purpose.

Delaney declined to release the survey on April 2, instead preferring to keep it under wraps until it is sent to district parents.

The superintendent said she hopes to bring results from the survey to the board at its May meeting, although she said it could be June before a final report is compiled. District teachers have also been surveyed on the issue, she said.

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