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The Seven-Period Day Stays

The ISD197 School Board came to the decision to stay with the seven-period day after all. Henry Sibley's students, teachers and administrators had been preparing for the change from the seven-period day to a six-period day. Students had registere...

The ISD197 School Board came to the decision to stay with the seven-period day after all. Henry Sibley's students, teachers and administrators had been preparing for the change from the seven-period day to a six-period day. Students had registered and schedules were being set up for next year. Originally, study hall periods, early-release, late-start and student service all would have been done away with; however, as the year progressed, it became clear that these changes were not going to be so drastic. In addition, the financial benefit to go to the six-period day seemed to be far smaller than originally thought.

On the April 15 School Board meeting, many students and parents got together to voice their concerns about the six-period day and the limitations it would place on students' options. Students would not be able to take as many electives, for example, and they would, in some cases, have to choose between music classes, world languages, and others. Students and parents expressed their concerns at the meeting, and board members agreed to reevaluate the six-period day.

On the School Board meeting of May 6, the Board agreed to maintain the seven-period day with some minor changes. The idea now is for there to be enhanced periods built into the day that teachers could monitor. These could be work periods, language labs, advisories, etc.

It doesn't seem that the option of the six-period day is not gone forever, but for now, we are staying with the seven-period day. That seems to be what most people wanted anyway.

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