Why were “No School Teacher Workdays” added to the calendar?

The “No School Teacher Workdays” provide greater consistency for teacher development and a more predictable schedule for families by reducing the number of early dismissal days, especially at the middle and high school levels. Regular non-student workdays give teachers time to collaborate on student learning needs in real time throughout the school year, communicate and meet with families, build their skills and integrate new curricula in a cohesive way. It will also be easier to schedule committee work (such as curriculum reviews/adoptions) and other system-level tasks during non-student time, further reducing distractions and interruptions to students’ school day.

Why are the elementary early dismissal days moving to Thursdays?

Elementary early dismissal days on Thursdays work better with the No School Teacher Workdays, which are scheduled about once a month on Fridays throughout the year. The schedule reduces the amount of time classroom teachers need substitutes because they are out of the classroom for conferences with families or staff learning time. This will give elementary families the opportunity to take long weekends without missing school and makes instructional time more consistent and consecutive throughout the week.

What will I do with my student(s) on early dismissal Thursdays and No School Teacher Workdays? 

We understand that families need time to make plans and adjust schedules with employers and childcare – and because of that, we’re pleased to be able to share school calendars through 2018.

BPS works with community partners (i.e. Boys and Girls Club, YMCA) to share calendars and schedules to allow their programs to help accommodate our students and families.

Will there be any changes to start and end times of any of the schools? What about the length of the school day? 

We are updating our start and end times beginning in the 2017-18 school year.You can read about our rationale here.

Here’s start and end times for fall 2017:

  • ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:  8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  (Currently 8:30 a.m.to 3 p.m.)
  • HIGH SCHOOLS: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.  (Currently 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.)
  • MIDDLE SCHOOLS: 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (same as current schedule.)

BPS made a good faith agreement with the BEA that the district will lengthen the school day up to seven hours in the coming years, as resources become available. Possible uses of this extra time for high schools could allow for students to take more electives. In our elementary and middle schools, this makes more room for world language and physical, music and art education.

When will high school graduation dates be set? Will seniors still be getting out before other grade levels?

In 2016-17, seniors began attending school through the end of the year, just like our other grades. We will create some flexibility to adjust the seniors’ last day by a day or two to hold graduations on the nearest Thursdays – Mondays.