DeKalb County School District to extend school days by 20 minutes from October 2 to December 20.
DeKalb Schools News Alert
DCSD schools and offices will also remain open on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 7) as the district ensures that students don’t miss out on lessons vital to their academic achievement.
Superintendent/CEO R. Stephen Green and his leadership team emphasized the need to regain opportunities for students to make progress, rather than use the four inclement weather days built into the district’s calendar.
“We did not want to simply recoup lost moments. Our most precious commodity is instructional time, and we want to make this an effective learning opportunity,” said Green. “We lost four days and we’re trying to be as creative and productive as we can about recapturing that time. Extending the school day with this schedule is the least disruptive for all parties.”
RECAP: Extended school day schedule from Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, through Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017:
• Dismissal will occur 20 minutes later than normal, Monday-Friday, each week.
• Parents will receive a notification from their campus regarding the dismissal time.
A primary goal was not to impact Fall Break or Winter Break for both families and employees who may have commitments based on the approved school year calendar. Also, with the unpredictability of North Georgia weather in the winter, the district does not want to use all its inclement weather days before the onset of that season.
Message from Superintendent Stephen Green.
Dr. Stephen Green
Superintendent, DeKalb County School District
Therefore, a hybrid model was proposed:
• The extension of the school day by 20 minutes beginning October 2nd and running through December 20th.
• The conversion of the November 7th (Election Day) Teacher Work Day to a regular school day.
This hybrid model allows the district to recoup the 4 days of instructional time lost due to the hurricane.
In response to the use of the 20 minutes of additional time, included in the revised schedule, the only requirement posed upon schools would be that the school cannot adjust its start time, and the end time must be adjusted to end 20 minutes later than the current schedule. The division of the 20 minutes, while it may be divided across multiple periods, there is no requirement for it to be implemented in that fashion.
The division of the extended time will be a school-based decision at all levels, therefore, providing latitude to the instruction needs of the schools. Such flexibility will allow our principals and schools to utilize the time as will best meet the needs of their students. Examples of such use are time for intervention periods, enrichment periods, to extend current instructional periods equally, or to concentrate the time in one instructional area to focus on a particular instruction program, such as literacy or numeracy.
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