This Q&A is to clarify points contained in a letter sent by the English School District on April 27, to families of MDJH students regarding the condensed day that will be implemented in certain junior high schools to limit mixing of cohorts outside of the school environment during the school day.
When is this starting?
The compressed day will start on Monday, May 3.
What is the new schedule?
The new schedule is as follows:
Period 1: 8:05 – 9:01
Period 2: 9:02 – 9:53
Period 3: 9:59 – 10:55
LUNCH: 10:55 – 11:15
Period 4: 11:17 – 12:13 PM
Period 5: 12:14 – 1:10
Will there be a morning Homeroom?
No. A warning bell will sound at 8:00. Classes will begin at 8:05.
Will students still have Recess?
At the end of Period 2, we have a RECESS break when students will be permitted to eat at their desk.
Will students be permitted to leave at lunch?
No, students MUST remain in their classroom.
Will Chartwells be available for purchasing food?
Food can be purchased only through online ordering until 8am on the same morning, and will be brought to the class. Students will not be able to purchase food from Chartwells during the lunch period. Students can also bring a packed lunch from home.
Will students be permitted to move about?
During periods 1, 3 and 5, assigned classes will be scheduled for a “walk about” to get up and stretch. Staff are also encouraged to “get moving” in all other classes.
Will buses run an hour earlier in the afternoon?
Yes. Students will be dismissed at 1:10. Buses will take students home at 1:10. Morning bus times will not be affected.
Will all Junior Highs move to this model?
The decision to expand to other junior highs rests with the District and the Department of Education. At this point, only certain Junior Highs will begin with this condensed day. These junior highs are pure junior highs (Grade 7, 8 and 9 students), represent the larger schools, and busing was able to be accommodated.
Why is this being done?
A condensed day will allow our school to more effectively adhere to the latest Public Health recommendations and ultimately remain open as it will limit the potential for mixing of cohorts outside of the school environment during the school day.