Study of School Start/Instructional Time
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Currently, in I-SS only 2 high schools and 2 middle schools have seven hour instructional days. Seven other schools are within 15 minutes of having a seven hour instructional day. Two questions are the basis of our study: 1. Do all schools need a seven hour instructional day? 2.Should the current schedules of elementary schools starting first and middle/high schools starting second be reversed?
events have transpired that brought these questions forward for discussion. First,
Governor Easley signed House Bill 1151 into law effective July 1, 2006. This
new law mandates that School Improvement Teams, which include classroom
teachers and administrators at each school, put into writing a policy to
provide a duty-free lunch period for every teacher daily and a duty-free
instructional planning period for every teacher, with the goal of providing
an average of 5 hours planning time per week. This
law applies to school improvement plans beginning with the 2007-2008 school
year. The second reason for beginning this study
had to do with the rapid growth in
The goal of the school system is to provide information to stakeholders and solicit feedback from them, which will be used to formulate a recommendation to the Board of Education on May 14, 2007.
you for taking time to look at our PDSA and the supporting documentation. After
studying this material, please complete the Stakeholder Survey. This
survey may be completed online or you may request a hard copy of the survey
at your school’s main office. Hard copies should
be returned to the school. Surveys will be available
until 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2007.