As many of you are aware, the Innovative Planning Group (IPG) at Radford High and John Dalton intermediate schools has been working over a year studying scheduling models in an attempt to bring a new model to our secondary programs that would meet the needs of all students and provide them with the greatest opportunity for achievement and success. This transparent and collaborative process has included guidance/advice from scheduling gurus, travels to school divisions with innovative/integrated practices, as well as input from our students, parents, staff and community members.
The IPG met this past Monday and decided on a model that will be discussed and recommended to the board for implementation in school year 2019-2020 at the next monthly board meeting on Tuesday, October 9 beginning at 6:00 here at the school board office on 1612 Wadsworth Street, Radford, VA. The IPG selected a dedicated 7 period hybrid model which includes a separate "one lunch" for both John Dalton and Radford High School students. The new model consists of 7-50 minute traditional periods on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week followed by 4-90 minute expanded periods on Thursday and 3-90 minute expanded periods on Friday. A video highlighting details of the new scheduling model will be posted on social media sites in the near future.
If approved by the board on October 9, we will still have many details to discuss including start and end times (most likely to be very similar to this year), transportation needs, school nutrition needs as well as the professional needs of our faculty and staff.
I would like to thank the members of the IPG team for all of their hard work and effort during this process and I look forward to the work we will continue to do throughout the rest of this year so we can transition smoothly into school year 2019-2020 with this new dedicated 7 period hybrid schedule (pending board approval).
Please don't hesitate to come to the October 9 board meeting if you would like to hear more about this new scheduling model.
Robert F. Graham