I recently shared with you our plan for the 2017-18 early dismissal schedule. Since we have new school start and end times for next school year (starting Aug. 23), we will have new early dismissal times. We have spent many hours exploring numerous possibilities for our early dismissal schedule; the information below represents our best thinking, given our requirements and parameters.
For our youngest students and elementary school families, a consistent weekly early dismissal is important for safety and family/work routines. Early dismissals provide important learning time for our staff, for collaboration and contractual planning time. Therefore, the elementary early dismissal will be at 12:45 p.m. every Thursday. Middle school early dismissals will be at 12 p.m. and occur ten times over the school year. High school early dismissals will be at 12:15 p.m. and occur two times over the school year.
- Elementary School 1:15 p.m. every Thursday 12:45 p.m. every Thursday 12:45 p.m. every Thursday, except some buses may be a bit later on days when middle schools also have early dismissal. Staff will supervise students until buses arrive.
- Middle School 12:15 p.m. ten Thursdays, once per month 12 p.m. ten Thursdays, once per month 12 p.m. ten Thursdays, once per month
- High School 11:15 a.m. twice per year (day before Thanksgiving and last day of school) 12:15 p.m. twice per year (day before Thanksgiving and last day of school) In the fall, we plan to work closely with our high school bus riders to determine how many students need afternoon school bus transportation on these two days because our school buses aren’t able to arrive until 1:30 p.m. We plan to explore alternative options for getting students home on these two days (WTA passes, carpooling, etc.). If we aren’t able to determine workable options, 1:30 p.m. will be our default solution with open gym, library access and supervision provided until school buses arrive.
Your patience is greatly appreciated as we work through the logistics. We will continue to adjust and improve as we move forward.
What do you think of our current plan for early dismissals? What questions do you still have?
I look forward to hearing from you!