On April 11, 2014 the Governing Board voted unanimously to adopt a modified schedule for K-5 elementary schools that includes a Wednesday early release. This decision was made after the following data was provided to the Board:
- 15 out of 19 elementary school principals prefer the early release Wednesday to a shortened schedule (9 a.m.- 3:10 p.m.) every day.
- With a 60% response rate of all elementary teachers in K-5 schools, 71% (263) of teachers prefer the early release Wednesday option.
- Of the 74 parent group leaders who responded, 44% prefer the early release Wednesday option while 56% prefer the shortened day option.
This decision is to accommodate the loss of half of the specials (art, music, PE) in elementary schools due to the reduction of the M & O override. Next year, the early release time will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.
The K-5 elementary school schedule for 2014-2015 school year protects the integrity of instructional time for language arts, math, science, and social studies while at the same time accounting for the impact of lost teacher planning time through the reduction of elementary specials.
This early release option was not a viable options for our three K-8 schools as it would require two release times for the school, as well as impact transportation and families with multiple grade level children. Instead, we will accommodate the necessary prep time for K-5 teachers by having an extended lunch/recess time.
Band and Strings
Band and strings programs will be offered to 5th grade students at our middle schools for the 2014-2015 school year. Band and strings classes will be scheduled during the first hour of the day at all middle schools (the hour before school begins at elementary schools). Students who enroll in band or strings will attend class at the middle school in their elementary school’s feeder pattern. Parents will have the option of either dropping their son or daughter off at the middle school or having them ride the middle school bus to school. A bus will be provided to transport students from the middle school back to their elementary school for the start of their elementary school day.
We are currently working with schools and parent groups to provide extra-curricular and enrichment programs at our elementary schools on early release Wednesdays. Our goal is to have program offerings on the early release Wednesdays to support families who have an interest in their child participating in such programs from 1:00-3:10 p.m.
Band and strings programs will be offered and students will attend on their campus.