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Dear CR School Community-

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing today to update you regarding a change of emphasis with the work that has been occurring relative to the high school master schedule. Specifically, as has been discussed at previous meetings of the Education Committee, District leadership has been considering the implementation of an eight-period A/B block schedule beginning with the 2021-22 school year. With our CR Strategic Plan now developed and in full effect, and with school start times serving as an important part of that plan with consideration to delaying high school start times beginning with the 2021-22 school year, the administration will not be recommending block schedule implementation at this time. Instead, the focus will be on only one component of high school schedule change for the 2021-22 school year: implementation of a one-hour unit lunch.

The one-hour unit lunch would provide students with a full hour in the middle of the day, during which they would be able to eat for approximately 30 minutes and then meet with teachers or take a brain break and thereby reduce stress for the other approximately 30 minutes. Our high schools would be able to offer the unit lunch while offering six daily class periods lasting approximately 52 minutes each.

The November 21 Education Committee meeting, as communicated previously, was to include discussion, including financial considerations, of both the high school block schedule and delayed school start times. This meeting will now focus on the one-hour unit lunch concept and associated costs, as well as the process and timeline of our District study of a possible delay in school start times.

It is important to note that we are not removing the high school block schedule from our radar. It may be considered once again after the successful implementation of the high school unit lunch and/or delayed school start times.

Thank you, as always, for the supportive role you play in helping Council Rock ensure success for every student, every day.

-Dr. Robert Fraser
Superintendent of Schools

POSTED: 11/15/19