Trial Block Schedule FAQ's
Dublin High Trial Block Schedule: February and March 2020
Why is DHS considering a block schedule?
Many departments at DHS have been advocating for a block schedule for the last seven years. The rationale for a block schedule includes:
- More time to go in-depth with a concept (depth vs. breadth)
- Allow for lengthier and more varied activities during a class period
- Fewer transitions during the day (only 3-4 classes a day rather than 6 or 7)
- Reduced student stress with fewer classes
2017-2018: DHS staff formed an Alternate Schedule committee. Over the course of the year, the committee read articles, polled staff and examined a number of different schedules. The modified block schedule was preferred by staff.
2018-2019: Staff support of block schedule polled at 80%, with a split preference between a two day a week block and a four day a week block. Staff decided to move forward with the following timeline:
2019-2020: Per the committee recommendations, we will be piloting both the two day a week block and the four day a week block.
Poll students, staff, and parents as to their preference.
Assuming we have consensus, move towards a block schedule in 2020-2021
What are the new schedules?
February 2-28, 2020: Two day a week block: On this schedule, all classes meet with the current schedule three days a week. On the other two days, classes are extended and meet one time over the two days.
March 2-27, 2020 Four day a week block: All classes meet one day a week and the remaining four days are divided up into longer periods.
Please note the month tabs at the bottom of the page.
Does the start and end time of each day stay the same?
No. Please note the following:
February block: February 12, 19, 26 On these three Wednesdays, dismissal is at 2:56 (February 5 is Preview Day with a period of time built into the day for students to preview courses they may want to take next year.)
March block: March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27: On Wednesdays and Fridays, the school day will be 9:00-2:56.
What about the bus schedules?
Wheels has been informed and has adjusted accordingly.
Many days students get out early. Does the day meet the instructional minutes?
With the two day a week block, each course has the same amount of instructional minutes per week (248). With the four day a week block, each course has seven fewer minutes per week (241).
What about Gael Period?
Students will still have the GAEL period in their schedule, four days a week in February and three days a week in March.
Please note, students are NOT allowed to leave campus during GAEL Period. This will be one factor in making our decision.
What about Zero Period?
During the month of March, zero period will begin at 8:00 on Fridays.
How will you assess the schedules?
After each trial block, students, staff and parents will be surveyed. We will be asking your perceptions on the block. What went well and what we need to improve. We will share the results with all stakeholders.
Other metrics we will look at include attendance, tardies and referrals.
When will you make a final decision?
Working with the District office, we will have a final decision by May 2020.
I still have questions. How will I get those answered?