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News - March 17, 2017

Board OKs new Amador schedule

Pilot 'access' period to begin next school year

by Julia Reis

Amador Valley High School will have a new bell schedule next school year after the Pleasanton school board unanimously approved the change at its meeting Tuesday night.

The school will pilot an "access" period during the 2017-18 school year, setting aside 40 minutes every Wednesday and Thursday for an advisory time with an assigned teacher.

During the access period, students will get support based on their individual needs, according to school staff. They will be able to do things like get organized for the week ahead, study for a test or seek help for stress.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays will remain traditional school days, with students having all six regular periods, but the bell schedule Wednesdays and Thursdays will shift to a modified block schedule. On those days, students will have the access period and one half of their classes.

Class periods on Wednesdays and Thursdays will last about 90 minutes, with the access period scheduled from 10:26 to 11:06 a.m. Like Wednesdays currently, both block days will have "late start" components in which most students will start class at 8:50 a.m. and end the day at 3:01 p.m.

First period on regular schedule days will start one minute earlier than now -- at 8 a.m. -- with the school day ending at 3:11 p.m., and most class periods lengthened from 57 to 59 minutes.

The early "A" period will run from 7-7:55 a.m. on regular days and on Thursdays from 7-8:45 a.m., with no session Wednesdays.

The proposal, which was introduced to the board during a presentation two weeks ago and returned for final approval Tuesday, was a move meant to target student stress and address other student needs, according to Amador Valley staff. The concept was brought to the board after the school researched the concept and surveyed students, parents and staff, finding the majority of each group supported it.

No changes are currently proposed to Foothill High School's bell schedule. Two students, the only ones to offer public comment on the matter, advocated for an access period at Foothill.

Later in Tuesday's meeting, Foothill principal Jason Krolikowski said the school was interested in the access period concept.

"Amador was ahead of the game and had those conversations much earlier," he said. "We have had small discussions at our site and we're going to make them bigger."

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