To all students, this year’s schedule is crazy to say the least. With the new A/B cycle days and the short time between classes, it can be pretty hard to think about why this was done. Thankfully, Mr. Messersmith was able to shed some light on why this was implemented.
First of all, the biggest question is why was this done? According to Mr. Messersmith, COVID was the the driving force. They hybrid schedule – two days in person, 3 at home, allowed for limited students in the building and supported the need to practice social distancing. Because of this, we had to spend all day in our shops. Some shop teachers really enjoyed having more time to instruct their students. With this information, the administration tried their best to satisfy this while keeping up with state required hours for our academic classes. Now we have more time in our shops and about the same time with our classes as we did before.
Since the state mandates students be in school so many hours we only have five classes with only two minutes to get to each class. The state forces the school to be above certain hours for our academic classes. What Mr. Messersmith told us that those 2 minutes in between classes add up to around 36 hours total. Granted, he did also mention that administrators are aware that students are having difficulty arriving to their next class on time. He informed us that they will be revising the time in between classes.
As for how hard the new schedule is, it’s still new. The biggest problem that is on the teacher’s side is what day it is. Mr. Messersmith did state that it is understandable to have some difficulty having some bumps in the road as it is new. This is our schedule from here on out, even when Covid is no longer as big as a deal. There will be modifications with the IE periods and the time between classes, as previously stated, and maybe more. If you give your input as to what needs to be changed, administration may change it. At the end of this year, they plan to send a survey to all of the students to see what you like and dislike. This Ari with DCTS Times, and have a great day.