Dr. Scribner, secondary principals to revise 8-period day --in 20-21by Ann Sutherland on 03/22/19
Well, we will have to stick it out one more year, but then there will be these plans as Dr. Scribner shared with the board this morning: He writes to the principals:
· We are already well into a planning timeline for the 2019-20 school year. The Master Scheduling Process began back in January. Students have already selected courses and schedules are already established. Our school calendar and “start & end” times have also already been established. A shift to a block schedule at this late date would impact both of these.
· Budgets are already allocated to campuses for next year and you are in the process of assigning those dollars based on student course selection.
· We are four months away from the start of school, and a change to a block schedule requires more detailed planning.
I heard your concerns and will support your collective voice that the answer to changing schedules is not “No” – rather, it is “Not yet.”
Starting now, we are making plans to develop and implement a revised schedule in 2020-21.
Here is what I heard you say that we will collectively address in those plans:
· We will design and deliver additional training for teachers to effectively teach in a 90-minute instructional block.
· We will adjust the curriculum to provide teachers with plans for 90-minutes of instruction.
· We will evaluate the impact of block scheduling on specialized programs (Athletics, Fine Arts, CTE) and will work out a plan to ensure these programs are not short-changed.
Additionally, I will direct our Leadership Team to facilitate a high school bell schedule committee and a separate middle school bell schedule committee.
Here is the bottom line – the most important part of this letter. With the agreed-upon year of planning comes high expectations:
· It is your responsibility to work out a plan to effectively implement the schedule changes in 2020-21 for your individual campuses.
· The plan should include a consistent message for our teachers, students, and students’ families.
· It is also your responsibility to tell us what resources we need to provide you in the planning period leading up to the implementation year.