Parents, Students, Teachers, Staff:
I want to outline the timeline and details for the 2023-2024 Calendar Planning & Decision Process. Please see below:
Question- For CTE teachers who do not teach CORE classes and who will not be tutoring or providing interventions, what will those teachers do on Friday mornings?
Answer- Campus Leaders and District Leaders will be working together to plan enrichment opportunities for students to be encouraged to attend on Fridays, such as Health/Science students can participate in community service volunteer projects by going out to the community to conduct Health Fairs and they can voluntarily check people’s vital signs such as blood pressure/oxygen/temperature, etc. FFA students can work on their FFA projects, etc.
Question- Will UIL stipends be affected with any of the calendar options?
Answer- No UIL stipends or any stipends will be affected because of any of the calendar options. The UIL coaches and everyone else are still required to work the same number of minutes/contract days required as with any other calendar.
Question- Are Special Education students included on the Friday morning sessions? Can they make up any services on Friday that they miss during the regular week when they attend during the Friday morning sessions?
Answer- YES, all students, including Special Education students are included during Friday morning sessions. The Friday morning sessions are intended for interventions, credit recovery, and any other type of make-up sessions that a student needs.
Question- On Option 3, Mondays through Thursdays will be a little longer day. What will be done to keep students engaged or awake after 2:00?
Answer- Campus Leaders and District Leaders will be reviewing the daily schedules to ensure activities are included to break up the day such as Recess; Brahma-Time; etc.
Question- Can the Town Hall meeting be live streamed on YouTube like we do for board meetings.
Answer- Yes, the Town Hall meeting will be live streamed.
Question- What will kids do on Fridays when they are off?
Answer- Please refer to item #8.
Question- Why were these options not presented at the beginning of this school year?
Answer- KISD was not eligible to become a District of Innovation until March 7, 2023, therefore the DEIC committee could not create and finalize calendar draft options until this month.