Board Of Education
DeKalb Schools Policy AEA gives the superintendent authority to unilaterally reschedule days missed due to inclement weather or other emergencies. Last Friday Superintendent Green availed himself of policy AEA and announced a plan to reclaim the 4 lost days due to Irma. The plan included extending the school day by 20 minutes until Winter Break.
The superintendent left the implementation of the 20 minute extension up to school house leadership. Dunwoody High School is on the block schedule and announced they would extend their first and last period by 10 minutes each. I’m curious to see what the other schools come up with.
Some of the Mega-Schools are using this time to help alleviate some of the logistical issues we’ve created by cramming a bunch of students into a school not designed to handle that kind of capacity. Lakeside HS is going to add time to their lunch period. Chamblee Charter HS is going to add some time to the transitional period between classes.
I’m not a fan of the extended day idea. I have 3 kids in 3 schools. We have been tweaking our schedule for the last 2 months and this extension blows that up. I provided my thoughts to the superintendent in an unsolicited email to him over the weekend recommending to reclaim the November 7 Election Day / Teacher Work Day and the February inclement weather day. Let the other two days go.
Note: Waivers and state law allow the school district to skip as many days as it sees fit.
Looks like the school district has initiated Plan B …
DeKalb County School District to adjust make-up days schedule following additional collaboration and outreach
From: DeKalb Schools Communications Department
The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will adjust its make-up schedule for four days of lost instructional time due to Hurricane Irma, following both continuing collaboration between the Board of Education and Superintendent/CEO R. Stephen Green, and focused outreach to stakeholder groups.
DCSD will take the following steps to recover two of the lost instructional days:
• The school day will be extended by 20 minutes from Monday, Oct. 2 to Tuesday, Oct. 31
• Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 7) will become an instructional day.
The district is now considering the most effective method to recover one or both of the remaining instructional days. To accomplish this, DCSD will seek input directly from its principals, parent groups and community stakeholder groups through Friday, Oct. 13.
That input will be strongly considered by Dr. Green in his final decision, to be announced on Monday, Oct. 16. Per Board policy, Dr. Green is empowered to make “scheduling changes to the school day because of inclement weather or other emergency conditions.”
“Throughout this process, I have been continually working with our Board to distill our various options into the best solution for our students and families. We considered various input and thoughts from across the board. The identification of two make-up opportunities thus far is a good starting point,” said Green. “The final decision will be filtered through a collaborative process driven by one shared desire for both the Board and myself: to protect and recover instructional time, especially for those students most at risk.”