All four Rockwood high schools follow a late-start and early-dismissal schedule. This schedule supports student learning by providing teachers with time for Professional Learning Communities (PLC). Bus transportation times will be adjusted on these days to acommodate students.
PLCs offer a team approach in education. The focus is on learning rather than on teaching, working collaboratively, and sharing powerful strategies in the classroom.
Early-Dismissal Days 2018-2019 School Year
Students attend school from 8:28 a.m. to 12:16 p.m. on the following dates:
- Sept. 12
- Oct. 10
- Jan. 18
- Feb. 15
Late-Start Days 2018-2019 School Year
Students attend school from 9:58 a.m. to 3:17 p.m. on the following dates:
- Aug. 27
- Sept. 24
- Oct. 22
- Nov. 5
- Nov. 19
- Dec. 3
- Jan. 7
- Jan. 28
- Feb. 25
- March 11
- April 8
- April 29
Q: Why do teachers need PLC time to collaborate?
A: This is the only time teachers of the same course can meet in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to provide a common experience for students, regardless of the teacher they are assigned. Teachers discuss what content and skills students need to know for a particular unit. They create common assessments to determine if students have mastered those essential skills. They design interventions to help students who need additional support, and they design enrichment opportunities for students who already have an understanding of certain concepts.
Q: Why are late-start days always on Mondays?
A: Late-start days are always on Mondays because it creates a schedule that works better for block classes. It is also advantageous to have late-starts on Mondays due to zero hours. Zero hours are scheduled from Tuesday to Friday mornings in most schools.
Q: Why can’t teachers collaborate outside of school hours?
A: Teacher contracts are based on a 7 ½ hour day. Most teachers fulfill that contract time by working 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. However, since they only have 50 minutes per day to plan and grade, teachers end up working far beyond their contracted hours. While our teachers choose to take advantage of many professional learning opportunities after school hours, it is not possible to require teachers to meet before or after school. In addition to the teacher contract, a great number of high school teachers have additional responsibilities outside of school hours. Before school, we have zero-hour classes, AP labs, and student help sessions. After school, we have a variety of activities and sports that keep teachers busy coaching and helping students. It would not be possible to get all teachers of the same course together with the myriad of conflicts that occur before and after school.
Q: What time will my high school student catch the bus on PLC late-start days?On PLC late-start days, high schools will be starting 90 minutes later than the normal start time. The bus schedule for high school students accommodates this change by delaying bus pick-up times by 90 minutes on late start school days. A few things to remember:
- School buses will stop at the students’ regularly scheduled bus stop location. Buses will follow the same routes on late-start days as they do on regular start days.
- Students and families can calculate their late-start bus arrival by adding 90 minutes to their current bus pick-up time. For example: if a student is picked up by the school bus at 7:30 a.m. for a regular start school day, this same student would need to be at the bus stop at 9 a.m. to be picked up for the late-start school day.
If you have questions about the late-start or early-dismissal bus schedule, please contact Rockwood Transportation at (636) 733-8500.