Board of Education approves Block Schedule for 2025-26 school year

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Compiled by Michelle Cassell
Managing Editor 

ORANGE COUNTY – On June 6, the Board of Education approved the administration’s recommendation to adopt a 4×4 Block Schedule (with daily flex) starting with the 2025-26 school year. (The vote was 6-0 in favor, with one Board member absent.)

There are no changes for the next/upcoming 2024-25 school year.

High school principals and district administrators have been directed to use the model’s flexibility, collaborating with teacher groups, to address instruction and program continuity needs outlined by the High School Schedule Assessment Guiding Committee.

Please use this link to view the discussion and action during the June 6 Board meeting and fast forward to the 2:29:00 timestamp.

Earlier in the process:

May 16, 2024: The board voted to delay considering any action on future high school bell schedules until Thursday, June 6.

Use this link to watch a recording of the May 16 meeting. (On the page, you will click “Video” for the May 16, 2024, Board of Education Regular meeting.)

Public comment begins at 58:47 mark and lasts approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.
The administration’s May presentation begins at 2:08:00 mark and lasts for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes by the time Board questions and discussion are complete.

May 2, 2024: CHCCS administration presented the High School Schedule Assessment to the Board of Education and recommended a 4×4 Block Schedule (with daily flex) to take effect in August 2025.

Use this link to watch a recording of the meeting. (On the page, you will click “Video” for the May 2, 2024 Board of Education Work Session.)

The administration’s presentation begins at 1:18:30 and lasts approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes by the time the Board questions and discussion are complete.

The public comment portion of the meeting begins at the 3:41:41 mark and lasts for approximately 1 hour.

April 2024: CHCCS hosted two community information sessions that were open to students, families, staff and the general public.

Virtual session: Monday, April 22
View the English-language recording on our YouTube channel.
View the Spanish-language recording on our YouTube channel.
In-person session: Monday, April 29 at Carrboro High School
View the English-language recording on our YouTube channel.

February 2024 and earlier: The Board of Education’s Student Success Committee received an update on the High School Schedule Assessment (HSSA). Please click here to view the presentation. The video offers a comprehensive overview of the High School Schedule Assessment (HSSA), a summary of the feedback from stakeholders received as of 2/27/2024, and outlines the upcoming phases of the assessment.

No changes for the current school year or the 2024-25 school year. Implementation occurs in the 2025-26 school year, with professional development for staff in 2024-25.

Various stakeholders have formed a guiding committee consisting of school and district leadership, parents, teachers and school counselors. We will include additional student voices in subsequent meetings (minimizing the amount of time students are out of class for this purpose.)

Middle and high school families have had the opportunity to provide feedback, and additional opportunities will take place during this process.

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE ASSESSMENT CONTACTS
Dr. Rodney Trice
Deputy Superintendent, Teaching & Learning, Equity and Engagement
rtrice@chccs.k12.nc.us

Robert Bales Ed.D
Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction for Secondary Education and Academic Programming
rbales@chccs.k12.nc.us

All of the information above was compiled from a CHCCS press release from Andy Jenks Head of Communications for CHCCS.


Michelle Cassell is a seasoned reporter who has covered everything from crime to hurricanes and local politics to human interest over the course of 35 years. As managing editor, she hopes to encourage writers of a wide range of backgrounds and interests in TLR’s coverage of Southern Orange County news. 
This reporter can be reached at Info@TheLocalReporter.press

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