Proposed 2021-2022 Student Schedules
I hope that you and your family are beginning to enjoy these summer days after a tumultuous school year. Also, I hope that Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan has benefitted your family and brought you back to activities that you enjoy. On Monday, June 21, our Board of Education met for its regular, June meeting. While we celebrated the successes and acknowledged the challenges of the 2020-2021 school year, we focused most of our meeting on the policies and procedures we will use to guide us through the coming, 2021-2022 school year. Presently, we do not have any final directives or guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education for the opening of school in August. However, as we wait for that information, we are embracing the State's focus on full, in-person learning and planning to make that a safe and significant event for our students.
This six-minute video, a Board Meeting Brief, focuses on one of the most important components of our full, in-person learning approach:
The subject of the video is a new weekly/daily school schedule we are drafting for the coming school year. This schedule focuses on providing students and families with consistency and recovery.
It builds on the lessons from our pandemic year. Namely, students thrive when they have time built into their day to access teachers outside of their classroom lessons. Teachers thrive when they have the opportunity to meet together and focus on student achievement collaboratively. This combination - Porter Assistance and Connection Time (PACT) and Professional Learning Community teams (PLC) - led to stronger grade performance last year, fewer course failures, more personalized education, and relationship building between students and staff members. An independent organization, the District Management Group, did a year-long study of our work with students and found these two initiatives to be important levers for student success. Making them a consistent part of our school week and day is part of building on the successes we had and lessons we learned in the pandemic. A committee will continue to work on this schedule over the summer. We have shared this schedule with a parent focus group, our staff, and our Board of Education. We would appreciate your input as well.
Click here to preview the DRAFT Proposed Schedules 2021-2022 at East and Central Campus. To provide school leaders with feedback on this DRAFT weekly/daily schedule, please click here to participate in a Thoughtexchange survey: https://tejoin.com/448859372
Thank you for your support as we build on the lessons we learned from this past school year.
All the best,
Robert McBride, Ed.D
Superintendent, Lockport Township High School District 205
Follow Me on Twitter: @PorterSup205