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2021-22 Bell Schedule FAQ



We are pleased to present our school communities with the 2021-22 SRVUSD bell schedules. The decision to make changes to the 2021-22 bell schedules was based on several factors including student, staff, and community input, consistency among schools while still meeting the unique needs of our school sites, and trying our very best to accommodate the needs of families with students at multiple school sites. In addition, with the passing of California Senate Bill 328, we will need to have a start time of no earlier than 8:00 a.m. for middle school students and 8:30 a.m. for high school students by the 2022-23 school year.

Below you will find a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and a chart comparing the pre-pandemic bell schedule vs. the new bell schedule. We encourage you to reach out to your school administration if you have any questions.


 

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2021-22 Bell Schedules: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What considerations were taken into account when creating bell schedules for the 2021-22 school year?

A: The development of the school site bell schedules was driven by the following priority considerations: 

  • Student, teacher and community voice/feedback.

  • More consistency among school schedules, while honoring each school site’s unique community needs. 

  • Internal operations (e.g. TRAFFIX and Transportation Department student transportation schedules).

Q: Why can’t each school community determine its own, independent bell schedule?

A: To the extent possible, the District needs to have school schedules with common start and end times to allow families with students at multiple school sites to get their children to school on time. 


 

Preschool - 5th Grade Bell Schedule Questions

Q: How long do Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students attend school? 

A: Transitional Kindergarten students attend school three and one-half (3.5) hours per instructional day.

Here is more information on the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Transitional Kindergarten Program

 

Q: How long do Kindergarten students attend school? 

A: Kindergarten students attend school three and one-half (3.5) hours per instructional day and sites will utilize one of the following schedules (consult your school’s bell schedule):

  • Staggered start schedule

  • AM/PM schedule  

Q: Why is SRVUSD integrating First Grade SLIP Reading time into all First Grade classes throughout the District?

A: SLIP Reading provides dedicated literacy support for smaller groups of students, which means an early/late start and dismissal time for first grade students. 

 

Q: How does First Grade SLIP benefit my child?

A: First grade students will receive 40 minutes of small group literacy support four times a week. Teachers will be able to provide more targeted instruction to smaller groups to aid in early literacy support. 

 

Q: How does First Grade SLIP work?

A: First grade students start and end their day either earlier or later, depending on their group (except for Wednesdays). This allows for small group time when only one half of the class is in attendance at the beginning and the end of the school day. The SLIP schedule will start on Monday, August 23, 2021. Until that time, students will follow the first grade assessment day schedule. Please refer to your school’s bell schedule for more information.

 

Q: Why are there assessment days in elementary school?

A: Early assessments will help teachers to get to know their students individually as they plan instruction for the year. FastBridge Assessments will be administered in Grades 1-5, August 12 through August 20, and sites will follow an assessment day schedule during those days. It is also important to note that teachers make initial connections with students as they utilize Fastbridge, which helps students feel more comfortable and transition to school.


 

Secondary Bell Schedule Questions

Q: How were secondary start and end times determined?

A: The following criteria was used to determine start and end times:

  • Each school must meet or exceed state required instructional minutes

  • Each school must meet the seven hour per day teaching contract

  • Each school will provide two or more student support periods

  • Each school will provide block and non-block (traditional) schedules

  • Each school will provide a common late start Wednesday to allow for professional development and collaboration

  • Student voice and feedback was considered 

  • Teacher voice and feedback was considered 

  • Community voice and feedback was considered 

Q: What does SB328 say about start and end times?

A: California Senate Bill 328 requires a start time of no earlier than 8 a.m. for middle school and 8:30 a.m. for high school by July 1, 2022. SRVUSD decided to meet or exceed these future guidelines. 

Q: Why are middle schools starting at 8:15 a.m.?

A: There are two primary reasons driving this schedule:

  • Schedules are staggered with elementary and high schools to accommodate families with students at multiple schools

  • To accommodate TRAFFIX bus schedules for those schools that participate in the Traffix program

Q: Why are high schools starting at 8:30 a.m.?

A: The considerations driving this schedule are in keeping with those for middle school mentioned above:

  • Schedules are staggered with elementary and middle schools to accommodate families with students at multiple schools

  • To accommodate TRAFFIX bus schedules for those schools that participate in the Traffix program

Q: What are the Special Education Transitions Program times?

A: Common start/end time 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. On Wednesdays, students will be dismissed at 12 noon.