The Fairfax Education Association has posted results of the FEA survey on elementary school schedule implementation. This year Fairfax eliminated the policy of dismissing the elementary school students 2.5 hours early on Monday afternoons.
Here is the conclusion of the survey results:
Moving to a uniform elementary school day has had many good effects. It has increased instructional time, which helps student success; and it has allowed FCPS much greater flexibility in dealing with days lost due to inclement weather. It has also been helpful to parents to have a consistent daily schedule.
FCPS sought to mitigate the loss of staff meeting and planning time previously incorporated into the schedule on Monday afternoons. FCPS sought to guarantee meeting maximums and minimums for teachers’ self-directed planning time through revisions to Regulations 4421 and 4422. However, many schools have not been able to meet the parameters set forth in those regulations. FEA believes that this is in part due to the short timeline involved in implementing the schedule changes. It appears likely that some elementary schools will need assistance and possibly additional resources to be able to adhere to the regulations.
FEA supports the new schedule. We look forward to working collaboratively with FCPS to improve the implementation.