F.A.Qs: Four by Four Schedule

posted Feb 16, 2010, 11:38 AM by jbkulow@acpsparentcouncil.org   [ updated Feb 16, 2010, 8:47 PM by Lisa Medders ]
The ACPS administration is concerned that incorrect third- and fourth-hand information is circulating related to the proposed change to high school and middle school schedules. They have proposed that Parent Council as an independent organization, put together and post a list of FAQs related to this proposal here.

Since an important part of Parent Council's responsibility is to try to keep factual information flowing, we would like your assistance in preparing these FAQs.

Could you please send Parent Council any questions you personally have, any questions you’ve received from parents in your school community, or any concerns related to the modified or hybrid four by four block schedule?

Again, I will emphasize that our mission is to help inform parents of the facts related to school policy and to help inform administration of the questions and concerns of parents. We cannot provide solutions to the concerns, but we can hope to clarify information.


Background:

  • The first line item in the third tier of budget cuts (those originally considered for 2011-12, but now under consideration for 2010-11),  reads as follows: “8 Period Day for MS & HS.” A possible $838,000 could be saved by implementing this change.
  • On Thursday, February 11th, ACPS administration presented information on implementing a modified four by four block schedule to division Principals during the day and to the School Board at their regular meeting that same night. This schedule could help mitigate loss of teachers due to increased class size.
  • You can view the powerpoint presentation at http://esb.k12albemarle.org/ .  Select Feb 11 from the calendar, select item 8.4 FY 2010/11 Budget Worksession from the agenda. See the file attachment for downloading.
  • While some classes would be offered on a semester basis (Spanish I would be one semester long, for example), others, such as AP courses and arts courses could be offered on a year long basis. Example schedules are provided in the powerpoint.
  • Given scheduling planning for MS & HS, if this is to implemented for August 2010, it would need to be implemented almost immediately.
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