Rescue Union School District announced it would abandon its early release Mondays for twice-monthly minimum days once school resumes Aug. 13.
Instead of being released one hour early every Monday, students will be released at 12:45 p.m. at the elementary schools and 11:45 a.m. at the middle schools twice a month, giving teachers time to collaborate.
El Dorado Hills parents took to social media to share their dislike for the change with most concerned the irregular schedule will leave children stranded.
Rescue Union Superintendent David Swart told Village Life a great deal of thought went into the decision.
“I know it’s not the most convenient for parents, but for professional practice we think it’s really important,” he said. “We place a lot of value on collaboration, especially with the shift to Common Core. What we found under the former system, the time period every Monday was too short to get a lot accomplished. What the teachers really like is to meet district wide by grade level and by department. Doing this helps with consistency and pacing of curriculum. With that travel time between schools we couldn’t do it before.”
Swart said one Monday a month would be used for staff development and the other for teacher collaboration. “We didn’t add any time (to the total school minutes for the year),” Swart explained. “We took four early release Mondays and condensed them down to two.”
As for parents forgetting which Mondays are minimum days, Swart said he’s emphasized to school principals, “Continually feed reminders to your parents to make sure they know.”
For consistency, Rescue Union students will now get out at the same time on any minimum day, Mondays or otherwise.