School Day and Week Schedule Policy
Lakewood Elementary School
Our schedule will:
- Reflect our mission and belief statements.
- Give all students access to all classes, avoiding conflicting schedules of specialized classes and preventing any exclusion related to cultural background, physical abilities, socio-economic status, and intellectual status.
- Provide students with the learning time they need, including technology access to complete writing assignments and other learning activities.
- Facilitate appropriate decisions to give particular students expanded time and support for successful performance (such as independent study, additional time to work on a project or assignment, or other appropriate methods for the situation).
- Support our Curriculum Policy, our Instructional Practices Policy, our equity and diversity commitments, and the Goals and Strategies in our School Improvement Plan.
- Allow teachers shared time to collaborate and plan on a regular basis.
- Facilitate teacher opportunities to switch teaching assignments to capitalize on different teachers’ in-depth knowledge of specific topics.
- Facilitate teacher opportunities to adjust the length of class periods when needed to provide the best instruction.
- Promote reasonable and appropriate enrollments for all classes and appropriate numbers of pupils each teacher works with in the course of a day.
- Respect the beginning and ending times of the school day and school calendar year as established by the Board of Education.
Process for DEVELOPING THE SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE
Annually, the principal will implement a school day schedule that includes any changes that have been adopted by the council.
The school day schedule will be reviewed each year using the following procedures:
- In May, the council will appoint an Ad Hoc Scheduling Committee made up of representatives from each department or team (or charge a standing committee) to complete the following tasks:
Brainstorm current time barriers to implementing needed practices and meeting student needs and ways the schedule might be changed to remove those barriers.
Discuss advantages and disadvantages of various changes, focusing on the criteria listed in the first section of this policy.
Create a sample school day schedule to present for Council review.
- Committees will notify the group charged with scheduling if recommendations they have made or are considering would have schedule implications.
3. Based on the above work the committee will consult with the principal and make recommendations concerning schedule changes for the coming school year.
- No later than July 1, the principal (and/or designees) will prepare a schedule for the coming school year including changes (if any).
We will evaluate the effectiveness of this policy through our School Improvement Planning Process.
Date Adopted: January 2012