The school schedule and calendar have been designed to limit exposure of teachers across grades, and in the event Bernard Zell needs to shift to a distance learning model, the change can be executed seamlessly, without needing to pause instruction. Key schedule changes include:
Students will operate on a modified block schedule to facilitate stable grade-level teams, ensure the use of outdoor space is predictable and equitable and to facilitate a seamless move to distance learning mode, should that become necessary. Instead of having every subject nearly every day, a modified block schedule comprises fewer class periods, but each for a longer stretch of time. Some subjects will still be taught every day, others will alternate days. This means specials (art, music, P.E., etc.) will take place in a concentrated period of time during the school year and in most cases, within a student’s own classroom rather than in a designated art or music room. Both school gyms and the field will be used for P.E. and these spaces will be available for additional physical activity with the classroom teachers. A further look at how this schedule works and what it entails will be provided in the next two weeks.
Faculty will be engaged with their homerooms for more class periods than in prior years, as well as during lunch and recess. As a result, the traditional times used for teacher planning, collaboration and assessment of student work are not available based on the new schedule. In order to accommodate teacher planning, we are shifting dismissal on Wednesdays to 2:00 p.m. Dismissal on Fridays will be at 2:45 p.m. all year, to allow for the preparation of Shabbat. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays dismissal will remain at 3:30 p.m.