Clarification Regarding Elementary Day Study
Posted on 02/14/2018
Recently the media reported on the Appleton Area School District’s new proactive study regarding our elementary school day. The Elementary Day Study will look at how to improve our use of time to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our elementary students in a more responsive way. The Study is part of the District’s long-term continuous improvement plan that involves many stakeholders including families, students, school staff, and administration. 

We’d like to clarify some key points that were incorrectly reported by the media. These key points relate to the timing of any rollout of potential changes, the piloting process, and the length of the school day/school year. 

The media report incorrectly indicated that Elementary Day Study changes would be brought to the Board of Education this April for possible implementation next school year. This is inaccurate. The Study Group will review initial findings in April to determine if any possible pilots should occur in 2018-19. The only changes that may be tested in 2018-19 would occur as small, limited pilots in collaboration with both staff and parents.

There are no immediate plans to lengthen the school day or school year at any of our schools. 

In order to improve our use of time we need to be open to all opportunities and options. All options will be reviewed for developmental appropriateness, financial implications, as well as other factors. Opportunities for input will be provided for stakeholders during the process.

District-wide implementation of changes to the elementary day, if any, would not occur until 2019-20 at the earliest.
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