Muscogee school district announces more schedule changes

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 14, 2014 

The Muscogee County School District administration building is at 2960 Macon Road.

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Middle-schoolers aren't the only Muscogee County School District students who will have new times to remember each class day.

In addition to the 10-minute earlier start and 13-minute earlier dismissal times for middle schools the district announced last week, the high schools will dismiss five minutes earlier and elementary schools will serve breakfast 15 minutes earlier, Valerie Fuller, the district's communications director noted in a news release Monday.

All of which results in the following new schedules for the 2014-15 school year:

• Elementary schools: 7:15 a.m. breakfast; 8 a.m. start; 2:30 p.m. dismissal.

• Middle schools: 8:20 a.m. breakfast; 8:50 a.m. start; 3:52 p.m. dismissal.

• High schools: 7:55 a.m. breakfast; 8:25 a.m. start; 3:20 p.m. dismissal.

Three MCSD schools receiving state School Improvement Grants -- Fox Elementary School, Jordan High School and Spencer High School -- are required to have 60 hours of additional instruction time during the school year. So their schedules will be as follows:

• Fox: 7:15 a.m. breakfast, 8 a.m. start; 3 p.m. dismissal.

• Jordan and Spencer: 7:50 a.m. breakfast; 8:05 a.m. start; 3:20 p.m. dismissal.

The rationale for the earlier middle school schedule was explained in the agenda for last week's called meeting and work session:

The new middle school schedule incorporates more time for Professional Learning Communities (teacher planning and staff development) and a period called Increased Learning Time, when students can receive remediation, enrichment or make up missed work during the school day instead of before or after school.

The earlier dismissal time also address concerns parents and guardians have expressed that middle schools were letting out students too late for after-school activities.

No rationale was given for the changes to the schedules for high schools and elementary schools in the news release Fuller sent Monday.

The Ledger-Enquirer asked Fuller for an explanation, and she wrote in an email, “You may recall the time for high school deals with the new high school scheduling model approved during the spring, which outlined and assists with supervision coverage at dismissal. Serving breakfast 15 minutes earlier at elementary schools allows for earlier drop off availability, which in turn offers earlier serving time, so students can get to class.”

Verification Day for MCSD students is Aug. 5, unless their schools set a separate date. That's when students report to their assigned school to complete registration, pay fees, receive schedules and meet their teachers.

The district's first day of classes for the school year is Aug. 7.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.

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