Our school district is moving to a consistent calendar and schedule for all schools in 2018–19 to better serve students, families, staff and our community. This discussion has been underway for more than a year. Details of the new schedule will be settled this spring, and the changes will be in place when school starts in the fall.
Currently each 4J school has a different calendar and schedule, with significant differences in how much instruction time is provided. Next year there will be consistent schedules for families and similar amounts of instruction time at different schools—an increase in learning time for most students in the district.
Starting this fall, all schools will have the same calendar of school days, no-school days and half-days, with only small differences between elementary schools and middle/high schools. Schools also will have consistent start and end times, and the same weekly early-release days, coordinated to provide equitable learning time and efficient student transportation.
To make this possible, every 4J school will have bell schedule adjustments. The proposed new schedule for Edgewood Community Elementary School is 7:55 am-2:35 pm Monday through Thursday, and 7:55 am-12:10 pm on Fridays, to provide time for school and teacher planning, collaboration and professional development. (Our current schedule is 8:35 am-2:45 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 8:35 am-1:45 pm on Wednesdays.)
The school board will discuss the proposed schedule on Wednesday, April 4, and will take action to approve the standard school schedule later this spring.
We know changes in school schedules mean changes for your family schedules, and this can be challenging. We will share calendar and schedule changes with you as soon as possible, so you have time to plan ahead.
To learn more, review the draft schedule, and provide feedback, see http://www.4j.lane.edu/2018/03/standard-school-schedule-coming.