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Extended School Day

posted Feb 11, 2014, 10:42 AM by webmaster dhs
February 10, 2014

Dear DeKalb Central Families,

On Friday, February 7, 2014 DeKalb Central Schools learned that Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz intends to allow schools to qualify for "conditional waivers".  These are waivers that may be earned by adding instructional time to the current school day length.  Six hours of additional time earns one waiver day.  The Department of Education will require school board approval to extend the time to be included in a waiver form that will be submitted to the Department of Education at the end of the year.

We are encouraged by this opportunity to adjust our instructional schedule in order to provide the best preparation possible for our students to be successful with their spring assessments (ISTEP+, IREAD, ECA, & AP for example) and to provide necessary instructional time that will reduce the number of "make-up" days at the end of the school year.

A plan for an extended day schedule has been developed and will be implemented beginning Monday, February 17, 2014 and will remain in effect until Friday, April 4, 2014.  Building level administrators will be adjusting the daily schedules to be developmentally appropriate for elementary, middle, and high school students.  Our food service department will also be providing healthy snacks for students.  As we approach spring break, we will consider the progress that has been made in regard to reducing the number of "make up" days and determine if the extended schedule will continue after spring break.  Examples of school schedules are included in this letter.  On a regular "full day" our Wednesday morning start time will continue to be one hour later.

As of Friday, February 7, 2014, DeKalb Central students had missed 10 instructional days.  In addition to implementing the extended day schedule, the district will also apply for a waiver for January 7, 2014.  We will maintain our Friday, February 14, 2014 Teacher In-Service/Work Day due to the commitments that the district has with facilitators contracted for training the teachers.  Extra-curricular schedules will remain the same and the evening activity bus will leave one hour later at 6:45 p.m.  There is an early activity bus that will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:45 p.m.  Schools will work cooperatively with families to resolve any conflicts due to the change of time at the end of the school day.  Our graduation date of Sunday, June 8th will also remain the same.

Extended Day Student Schedule          Monday, Feb. 17-Friday, April 4, 2014
Elementary Students                              7:50 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
DMS, DHS & Choice Students                8:10 a.m. -4:20 p.m.
CHANGE Students                                  Follow current schedule

Wednesday Student Schedule                Monday, Feb. 17-Friday, April 4, 2014
Elementary Students                               8:50 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
DMS, DHS & Choice Students                 9:10 a.m. -4:20 p.m.
CHANGE Students                                    Follow current schedule

Two Hour Delay Schedule                        Monday, Feb. 17-Friday, April 4, 2014 
Elementary Students                                9:50 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
DMS, DHS & Choice Students                  10:10 a.m. -4:20 p.m.

Three Hour Delay Schedule                      Monday, Feb. 17-Friday, April 4, 2014
Elementary Students                                 10:50 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
DMS, DHS & Choice Students                   11:10 a.m. -4:20 p.m.

I would encourage families to reach out to your school administrators if you should have specific questions regarding any scheduling conflicts you may anticipate.  It is our hope to reduce the overall number of make-up days so that we are able to complete our school year no later than Friday, June 6th.

Sincerely


Sherry L. Grate, Ed.D.
Superintendent