High school students deal with new standard schedule
Jenks High School is changing its scheduling system after 10 years.
Students have been subject to a “modified” block schedule over the past decade but that’s changing this year. Now, the high school will be operating on a standard six-period schedule.
The block schedule was adopted to allow for an advisory period. Block schedules create longer instructional periods and cut down on passing period time, allowing more time for advisory classes.
“Before we did the modified block scheduling, we had advisory once a week at most,” assistant principal David Beiler said. “Because of us wanting to provide more opportunities for academic support, for non-instructional items, we wanted to create a schedule with more advisory periods available.”
But after 10 years, high school officials realized they could no longer continue with the block schedule.
“Last year what we realized was, we were running into more scheduling conflicts for our Tulsa Tech students, for our concurrently enrolled students with (Tulsa Community College) and various other conflicts students may have,” Beiler said. “Because of that we had to go back to a standard six period day so there would be fewer conflicts.”
The new schedule allows for a more cohesive plan and integrates advisory classes as well.
Students will report to six periods each day of the week, but on Tuesday and Wednesday shorter classes will make way for advisory between fourth and fifth period. Monday, Thursday, and Friday will see longer classes than the days with advisory.
Already, the new system is showing to be more convenient.
“So far we’ve already seen scheduling be easier,” Beiler said. “We are working on our master schedule; we’re doing staffing with our teachers. What we have seen is that we have fewer conflicts for our students in tech or concurrent classes.”
The six-period schedule not only benefits the students, but teachers as well.
“One of the other helps is we are able to share staff members among different sites in the districts easier by being on a routine schedule every day,” Beiler said. “When we had modified block, let’s say we had a staff member at west intermediate. If we needed to share a staff member with them it would be difficult because one day, we need a staff member early because it’s a block day, on another day we may not need them until later. West intermediate is running a standard schedule every day so we couldn’t share staff.
“In today’s teacher economy resources are scarce for making sure we have qualified educators in every classroom. If we can share some strong teachers among sites, that’s helpful.”