The change to block scheduling for students this year meant that all students had an IE period put on their schedule. IE stands for Intervention/Enrichment – meaning the time is to be designated to for students to meet with either shop or academic teachers for various reasons such as making up missed work or getting additional support if they need it.
But, the reality of IE has been quite different and many students are not happy with the large amount of time they aren’t really getting to do productive things. One student stated that on almost every occasion they asked an academic teacher if they could meet during their IE period, they weren’t able to because that teacher had a class. To add to this, the space designated for IE, the auditorium, has been less than ideal for accomplishing school work – it’s loud and crowded and there aren’t desks for students to work on. The amount of time, 78 minutes, is almost too much time for students to be left with out structure and students are learning quickly that it can be difficult to budget the minutes that benefits them.
Most students are simply feeling like the time spent in IE could be better spent in more productive ways. For example, seniors who would want to go on co-op but have 2 or more IE periods scheduled on an academic day, would never be able to offer an employer consistency with their work schedule since the IE period they have scheduled on shop days is a different a different period.
IE periods are not allowing for students to participate in the interscholastic activities they used to do, either. And, again, this is because the concept of an IE period doesn’t allow for one fixed period a day for programs like National Honor and Technical Societies and Skills USA.