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Personalized Learning Update

For the past several months, the District has been exploring 10 ideas centered on providing flexibility and options for middle and high school students and families, increasing overall student wellness, and ultimately improving working conditions for staff by lowering class sizes at our middle and high schools. These ideas have evolved and been refined to reflect the input and feedback we received from students, parents, staff and Board Members through multiple meetings, communications, and through the over 6,100 responses to the recent Personalized Learning survey from students, staff and parents.

 

At the December 12 Board Meeting, staff provided an update on the ideas, and the Board of Education provided direction to staff on the following:

 

  • The District will maintain the 7th period option for grades 9 - 12 and use the 2018-2019 school year to examine the implementation of the other ideas and their impact on class sizes.

 

  • No changes will be made to the middle school world language program for 2018-2019. The District will engage world language teachers in further conversation on this idea over the coming school year.

 

The Board also provided direction for staff to move forward with implementing the following ideas for the 2018-2019 school year:

 

  • Allow middle and high schools to choose, on a site-by-site basis, whether or not they want to implement flexible start and end times. Site administrators have already been surveying their communities and will be communicating directly with their communities in the coming months about the decision-making process.

 

  • Maintain the School Loop daily emails. However, beginning next school year, parents will have to opt-in to choose to receive these daily emails. The current default is that parents have to opt-out. Parents will maintain full access to School Loop via the Internet and the School Loop app.

 

  • Give middle school students the option of taking 6 or 7 classes. No student would have to reduce the number of classes from 7 unless they choose to do so.

 

  • Provide flexible PE credits for Independent Study Physical Education, Marching Band PE and Athletic PE.

 

  • Provide credit towards graduation for completion of accredited online courses, off-campus courses and summer courses. These credits will be included on official SRVUSD transcripts.

 

  • Offer free SRVUSD high school summer school courses for advancement and remediation for credit.

 

  • Expand the Heritage School Program to include credit towards graduation for languages that are not currently taught at SRVUSD schools.

 

  • Provide credit towards graduation for internships on official SRVUSD transcripts.

 

Based on the Board’s direction, SRVUSD staff will continue to refine the ideas regarding graduation requirements and bring a recommendation back to the Board at a later date.

 

We would like to thank all students, parents and staff for your participation in these discussions and for your thoughtful feedback. A snapshot of the survey results and the full survey results are posted on the Personalized Learning webpage. As we finalize these ideas, we will be sharing more information with our staff and parent community.

Posted by: District Admin, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Published:12/19/17
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