Posted On: Sunday, September 9, 2012

The first of the district's 15 early release days will be this Thursday, Sept. 13. All students will be dismissed 50 minutes early. On Thursday, high school students will be dismissed at 2:10 p.m., middle school students at 1:48 p.m. and elementary students at 2:15 p.m. Instruction at the elementary schools will begin at 8:45 a.m. rather than the usual 9 a.m. Elementary buildings will allow students to enter their classrooms at 8:35 a.m. 

For those elementary students whose parents/guardians are unable to make arragements for their child to be safely cared for after 2:15, supervision will be available in all the elementary buildings until the regular dismissal time of 3:05. Students should bring quiet busy work for this time period.

These early release days were instituted this year in order to provide more continuous and effective professional development for our teachers. Reasearch shows that ongoing professional development presented in shorter time periods stretched throughout the year is more effective than setting aside one or two full days for the same information.

The two days that were used in previous years for professional development have been added back into the school calendar so that no instruction time for students is lost. On early release days, the middle schools and high school will be on a revised schedule throughout the day so that no one class/subject is affected more than others. To see the revised bell schedule at the middle schools and high school, click here.

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