professional learning Wednesdays

On our school calendar, we have twenty five Wednesdays that are designated as Professional Learning Wednesdays. On these days teachers engage in professional learning and planning to enhance student achievement. To provide time for these activities, teachers arrive to school early and students begin their day one hour later than on other days. At every grade level, accommodations are in place so that families may maintain a consistent schedule on those days when teacher professional learning results in a later starting time for students.

Question: I utilize morning latchkey for my children. Will I need to pay an additional fee for the extra hour on the Wednesday's when school starts later?
Answer: For families who use a.m. latchkey services for elementary children, there is no additional charge on the Wednesdays when school starts later.

Question: I do not typically use A.M. latchkey services, but the late start days will create a challenge for my family. What options will be available for families with elementary aged children?
Answer: A "homework club" option is available at all elementary buildings from 8:25 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. on all late start Wednesdays. So that we can plan to properly supervise the children, there is a registration form and fee that each family who wants to use this service must complete. The fee is just $15 per family per semester; the fee is waived for families participating in the free and reduced lunch program.

Question: What options are available at the Middle School and High School?
Answer: At Royal Oak Middle School, the "breakfast club," that normally provides a place for students between the hours of 7:15 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. each school day, is open from 7:15 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. on the late start days. At ROHS, students who need to arrive at 7:50 a.m. on late start days are invited to use the cafeteria as a before school study hall area before school begins at 8:55 a.m.

Question: How can I keep track of which Wednesdays have students starting later?
Answer: Professional Learning Wednesdays do not occur in January or June. Otherwise, they are scheduled for every week that is a five school day week.