High school start times will change starting with the second semester as we prepare students to eventually return to school with blended learning. (There is no date yet for when any students will be back in school for class. Learn more about our school reopening criteria and view recent COVID reports on our COVID-19 page.)
Starting Jan. 27, high school students will be in live, online class from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. They will spend 40 minutes in each of their six classes, with a 15-minute break between second and third hour and a half hour lunch from 11:05 to 11:35 a.m. between fourth and fifth hour. Teachers will use the time from 1 to 2:55 p.m. each day for additional planning and learning labs. On Wednesday afternoons, teachers will have meetings with parents and for professional collaborations and other matters.
The second semester starts Jan. 25, but the 25 and 26th are half days for secondary with live learning planned for both mornings starting at 8 a.m.
So far this school year, high school students have done asynchronous work before lunch and then had three, one-hour live classes each day, alternating between periods 1 to 3 on A days and 4 to 6 on B days.
Last fall, our middle school students switched from a similar A/B day, alternating schedule to having all their classes for shorter periods each day. That change was well received by teachers and students.
Changing the high school times not only gets high school students more on schedule to return to face-to-face learning, but it will also increase the amount of live-instruction time they have with teachers.