A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker
Dear Families and Staff,
Despite the spring rain, I’m feeling thankful that our dramatic winter weather is behind us!
Early Dismissal Schedule for 2017-18
We have new school start and end times beginning next school year (starting Aug. 23), and with our new bell schedule comes an adjusted early dismissal schedule. Anticipating these changes, we have been planning for more than a year and still, we will likely encounter some unexpected kinks. 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. We will continue to adjust and improve as we move forward. Your patience is greatly appreciated as we work through the logistics.
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.
|Level||Current early dismissal schedule||2017-18 early dismissal schedule||2017-18 early dismissal bus schedule|
|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.|
*Please note that for some elementary students, there may be a transportation delay on the ten Thursdays per year when middle schools are also on the early dismissal schedule. Because our buses will be traveling from four middle schools to fourteen elementary schools on these days, some buses may be a bit later in picking up elementary students and taking them home; our staff will supervise students until buses arrive.
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Thank you and please know that our staff highly values the time to learn together and improve instruction,