SYCAMORE – The District 427 school day might start to take a different shape than usual for the next school year.
The district calendar for the 2019-20 school year will be voted upon Tuesday during the Sycamore School District 427 Board meeting, according to the meeting agenda.
There are no significant changes to when the school year is starting and ending from what traditionally has been the case, District 427 Superintendent Kathy Countryman said. However, the school board will take a closer look at the district schedule after the Illinois State Board of Education ended a requirement that students be in their seats, in their classrooms, at least five hours a day, she said.
“I think there’s a really great opportunity for flexible scheduling, especially for the high school,” Countryman said.
Countryman said the high school already offers zero hour and still is looking at the potential for students to choose later start times for the school day as well.
Unlike what DeKalb School District 428 is considering, Countryman said the Sycamore district is not looking at including remote student engagement or e-learning days on the district calendar.
“Because we really want to take some time to look at what that would mean,” Countryman said.
Countryman said the goal is to create more of a committee structure for the next school year to look at the district calendar and to create a solid definition for an instructional day within the district. She said she also wants to keep in mind that one of the biggest pieces of student success is students’ relationships with their teachers.
“We want to be sure we’re being very mindful of that, but I do see more opportunities for flex scheduling for the high school,” Countryman said.
The school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sycamore Middle School, 150 Maplewood Drive.