KUSD to provide update on switch to 45/10 schedule

KINGMAN - Parents, teachers and the community will get a chance today to see how far Kingman Unified School District has come and still needs to go in implementing the upcoming 45-10 schedule.

The schedule, approved earlier this year by the KUSD Governing Board, will run through the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. The board agreed to keep the district's traditional schedule in place this year to allow parents and teachers time to adjust to the change.

During its meeting, Jeri Wolsey, director of curriculum for KUSD, will discuss the progress on the new schedule. It was approved on the third vote by the board in January after parents learned details about it and voiced their opinions during several town hall meetings in December and January.

"This is just an update on what we've done so far and still need to do," said Wolsey. "It's just a reminder to everyone that we'll be implementing the schedule this fall and while much has been completed, there's still a lot on our plate."

Under the 45-10 schedule, which would last 180 days, students have a two-week break in the spring, fall and winter, and a six-week break in the summer. Extra tutoring, activity and enrichment time, called intersessions, would be available the first week of each two-week break for students needing help or a safe, fun place to go.

Currently, students also attend school for 180 days, but have one week off in the spring and the fall, two weeks off in the winter and almost nine weeks off during the summer.

The board decided to revisit the schedule recently because parents had been asking the district about the timeline, the types of intercession activities available and how the change would affect them. The district wants to make sure parents, teachers and the community understand the new schedule before it is implemented.

So far, the district has surveyed staff for interest in teaching intersessions, determined a site to house the intersessions, and met with departments that will be affected by the calendar change to help them adjust. It has set up trial runs for the use of buildings during winter break.

Also, the district has sent letters, flyers and copies of the calendar home with students, as well as posted information on the KUSD website and Facebook page. And it has met with area businesses to clear up misconceptions about employment for KUSD high school students.

Wolsey said upcoming district tasks include sending more reminders and flyers home with students, collecting data and surveys about intersession activities and reteach/enrich classes, providing professional development plans for the intersessions and organizing technological support.