Staff FAQs

1. What changes are the district considering?

The district is considering changes to both the elementary and secondary school day that would take effect at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

Elementary School Day
The district is considering starting the school day around 8:00 a.m. and ending the school day at around 3:00 p.m. This is a 30-minute extension of the school day.  

The district is also considering implementing a district-wide late start day approximately twice a month similar to what is currently implemented at Carmel High School. On those specific days, school would begin an hour later at 9 a.m. and end at the normal 3:00 p.m. dismissal time  

Middle and High School Day
The secondary school day would start at 8:45 a.m. with a dismissal time of 3:45 p.m.

The district is also considering implementing a district-wide late start day approximately twice a month at the middle school similar to what is currently implemented at Carmel High School. This would mean that on specific days designated as late start days. On those specific days, school would begin an hour later at 9:45 a.m. and end at the normal 3:45 p.m. dismissal time.

2. What will the new hours be for staff?

Certified staff will follow the Carmel Clay Schools Teacher Handbook. Per the handbook, teachers shall begin and end their workday in concert with their classroom schedule and assigned supervision responsibilities. Hours and times for Non-Certified Staff will be adjusted accordingly to meet the needs of the school day.

3. What will the elementary and secondary day look like?

You can view examples of what the days might look like below:

Elementary school day models
Middle school day model
High school day model  

 

4. When will staff meetings be held?

Staff meetings will continue to be held on a monthly basis during the school year as normally scheduled before or after school.

 

5. With the district late start twice a month, will elementary teachers still have collaboration time?

The purpose of the district-wide late start is to provide time for all of our educators to engage in collaborative professional development. The district-wide late start will replace collaboration time and give teachers additional prep time during the school day. We would schedule the district-wide “Late Start Days” on the same day across all grade levels twice a month.

6. Will hours for Edu-Care be adjusted to reflect the new school day?

If a decision is made to move forward, the district will work closely with Edu-Care to discuss any adjustments need to accommodate teachers due to the new school hours.

7. What is the financial impact of this change?

The change would cost the district around $336,000 per year to pay our elementary instructional assistants and secretaries for an additional 30 minutes each day. Shortening the high school and middle school day may reduce this cost.

8. How will this potential change affect transportation?

We will adjust bus routes to the new time schedules. We must have a minimum of a 45-minute window between the elementary and secondary start times to give our transportation department time to complete their first route and start their second route on time.

9. How can I submit my feedback on this potential change to the elementary, middle school, and/or high school day?

You can submit your feedback by clicking the appropriate link below: 

Elementary School Day Feedback Form
Secondary School Day Feedback Form       

Feedback submission will end on June 26, 2019.