The Pleasanton school board is set to consider approving pilot proposals for new bell schedules at two district schools Tuesday night.
Foothill High School and Harvest Park Middle School are both looking into adopting new schedules that staff say will help meet the academic and social/emotional needs of all students.
If approved, both schedules would be implemented in the 2018-19 school year as pilot programs subject to evaluation and review.
At Harvest Park, the new schedule would add a 30-minute "FLEX period" after third period on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Teachers would spend the period collaborating on Response to Intervention (RTI) methods, and students would participate in offerings like study hall, counseling groups, silent reading or math games, according to staff.
To account for the time of the new period, other classes those days would be reduced by three minutes, and eight minutes would come out of passing periods to lunch and Harvest Park TV time (a daily broadcast by the media class).
Teachers, parents and students were all surveyed on this potential new bell schedule, with all groups expressing support for the change: of the 41 parent/guardian responses received, 82.9% were in favor; of the 387 students surveyed, 68% said the FLEX period would be helpful; and 74% of the 50 teachers surveyed approved of the period.
The adjustment is expected to cost $5,000-6,000, coming from site discretionary funds.
Similarly, the proposed schedule at Foothill would also include an additional period on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or a "Falcon Flex period." In addition, the schedule would implement a late start on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with slightly shortened class periods to accommodate the Falcon Flex period.
The primary intent for Foothill's new schedule is to address student stress. Staff hopes that during the flex period, students will use the extra time to review content for a class, gain additional support for difficult material, reach out for mental health support and at some point engage in additional enrichment opportunities.
They pointed to other comparable schools that had already implemented an access period, including Amador Valley High School, and, in nearby Dougherty Valley and San Ramon Valley high schools.
In the Foothill survey, 81% of the 100 staff respondents said they supported implementing the access period, as did 77.4% of the 319 parents who responded and 79.6% of the 397 students who participated.
The new schedule is estimated to cost $20,000 out of site discretionary funds and PTSA support.
The board's open-session meeting will be held in the district office boardroom at 4665 Bernal Ave. at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
In other business
* During a closed session before the open meeting, the board will consider appointing an interim director of special education and perform an evaluation of Superintendent David Haglund.
Also in closed session, trustees will confer with assistant superintendent of human resources Julio Hernandez on negotiations with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers and the California School Employees Association.
* The board will consider approving three resolutions designating upcoming weeks as Administrative Professionals Week, Teacher Appreciation Week and Classified Employee Week, respectively.
* Board members will consider approving the 2018-20 Single Plan for Student Achievement for all school sites.
* The board will consider approving a declaration of need for fully qualified educators, an annual requirement for any district that may need to issue any emergency teaching permit.
* Trustees will consider approving the new job description for project manager of the construction and facilities department.