Four-Day Rotating Schedule FAQs

  • What is the benefit of a rotating schedule?

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    Students do not have the same class the same time each day.  This provides variety for both the students and staff.  For example, students who are generally not “morning” people will not have the same class the first period each day. Students involved in sports who need to leave early on a given day will not miss the same class each time their team has a need to leave school before dismissal.

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  • How many courses can students take and when do they meet?

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    Students can take up to eight courses. Only six classes meet each day - three in the AM wheel and three in the PM wheel.

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  • If the schedule changes every day, how will the students know which day of the schedule to follow?

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    The day number schedule can be found on the district and school websites, LRHSD app and is posted on the closed circuit televisions around the building.

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  • If there is an unplanned school closing (snow day), how will the day number schedule be adjusted?

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    The school day following an unplanned school closing will be the day number that was missed. For example, if school is closed on a “Day 2” the next day school is in session will be “Day 2” and students will follow the classes scheduled for that day.

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  • How long are the classes?

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    Each class is 57 minutes.  Community Lunch & Learn is 50 minutes.

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  • What are the benefits of six longer periods - instead of eight shorter periods – during the school day?

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    Longer periods provide more time for continuous instruction. Fifty-seven minute classes allow for more active learning opportunities. Longer periods provide time for research, framing the lesson, discussion, practice and closure as well as and other active learning strategies. The LRHSD teaching staff is trained in the Research for Better Teaching program, which promotes active learning to improve student engagement.

    By eliminating much of the passing time (the time students are in the hallway getting to and from class) needed with an eight period day, at the end of the school year students receive approximately 33 additional hours of daily instructional time in a six-period schedule. And a five-credit course, for example, will gain an additional 135 minutes of instruction.

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  • What is Community Lunch and Learn?

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    Community Lunch and Learn is a time set aside in the middle of the day to encourage a sense of community among students and staff.  It gives students an opportunity to eat together, as well as pursue enrichment interests.  Lunch is served in various locations throughout the buildings throughout the entire Community Lunch and Learn time.  In addition to the cafeteria there will be kiosks and snack stands situated throughout the building where students can purchase food.  Students are able to purchase food and move around the building in designated areas.

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  • Can all the students fit into the cafeteria at once? Is there a seat for every student?

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    There will be a variety of locations designated by each school where students will be able to sit and eat lunch.  The cafeterias, media centers, and gymnasiums are some locations where students may eat.  There will be a seat for every student and students will be made aware of all possible eating locations through their building.

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  • Who supervises the students during Community Lunch and Learn?

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    Administrators and staff are assigned supervision duties in all hallways, large group eating areas and computer labs.

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  • What opportunities are available for students during Community Lunch and Learn?

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    • Use the media center for research or to complete assignment
    • Schedule appointments with guidance counselor
    • Enable time for peer counseling, tutoring, or peer mediation
    • Get extra help with school work
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  • How will students know if their teachers are available to meet during Community Lunch and Learn?

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    Teachers will communicate their availability during Community Lunch and Learn.

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  • Does this schedule affect after school help or club meetings?

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    This schedule allows for more flexibility for students and staff to meet during the Community Lunch and Learn.  After school help is available and will be handled individually based on teacher and student schedules.  Club meetings will meet after school, but there is flexibility in the middle of the day for staff to meet with students as necessary.

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  • When are science labs be scheduled?

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    Labs occur when the actual class meeting time touches the lunch throughout the four-day rotation.  On days when this happens labs will “push” into the Community Lunch and Learn time by 20 minutes.  Students will have the remaining 30 minutes for lunch.

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  • Can a student take more than one lab science in a year?

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    Yes. Since lab sciences will push into the Community Lunch and Learn time, students are free to select more than one lab science course per year.

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  • Is there a homeroom period?

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    There is no designated homeroom period. Five minutes will be added to the first class of the day to take attendance, conduct the Pledge of Allegiance, and relay announcements.

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  • If there is no homeroom, who will the students report to outside in the event of an evacuation for attendance purposes?

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    As part of our continuous training and drilling for emergency situations, all students will be trained to evacuate to predetermined locations where they will report to their “Day 1, Period 1” teacher. Regardless of what day of the week it is, “Day 1, Period 1” will be the consistent grouping in an evacuation; the “Day 1, Period 1” teacher will use their roster to account for every student. 

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