By Nick Sestanovich
The Governing Board of the Benicia Unified School District heard a report at Thursday’s meeting from the Schedule Advisory Committee in which a recommendation was made for a new bell schedule at Benicia High School.
The committee- which is comprised of Benicia High students, parents, teachers and administrators- was formed in November to satisfy a Western Association of Schools and Colleges goal of researching schedule possibilities to create more opportunities for staff collaboration and serving students’ needs- particularly in the areas of minimizing stress and providing emotional support. For six months, SAC met every other Tuesday and had all-day retreats to conduct research on which schedule would best fit students’ needs. The committee settled on a seven-period block rotation schedule, in which all classes meet three times a week for 70 to 80 minutes, classes start at 8:30 a.m. at the earliest, teachers would have two hours of collaboration and professional development and students would have two flex/tutorial periods in which they could meet with teachers or counselors, catch up on homework or take time to work on projects.
Source: School board, Schedule Advisory Committee discuss possible new BHS schedule