Dear Regis Catholic Schools Families,
I would like to share an important update regarding our plans to make up instructional hours at our schools. Because the state mandates different minimum hours for elementary vs. middle/high schools, I am separating the two below.
With our complete closures and two-hour late starts over the past several weeks, we have missed a total of 10 days this academic year.
** Reminder, all Regis Catholic Schools students (grades PreK-12) will attend school on Monday, April 22 and Friday, June 7. This was previously announced.
Elementary Schools: At this time, the last full school day for our elementary students will be Friday, June 7. However, that would have to change if we have more than one more school closure. Our elementary principals are able to increase the number of instructional minutes within the confines of the current school day by trimming recess and lunch periods. Your building principal will let you know how your school will be implementing this starting on Monday, March 11. Our elementary bus transportation times will not change.
Middle & High School: Our students in grades 6-12 will attend school on Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11. Bus transportation will be provided and your child's bus will pick him or her up earlier. In addition, we will be extending the school day on the Regis campus starting on Monday, March 11. The bell for the 1st hour will sound at 7:27 a.m. This will start the school day 18 minutes early. The end of the school day will remain the same, with the last period ending at 2:45 p.m. Starting on Monday, Mr. Pedersen will add minutes to each class hour to account for the extension of the school day. (See attachment.)
These measures will help us fulfill the required hours of instruction. In working with both local public school districts and Student Transit, we are in agreement these changes are the best solution.
I also spoke with a staff member at the DPI who told me a new calculation guide will be released soon, as the current structure does not allow a school system to add minutes to the daily schedule once the school year begins. When I complete our new calculations, I will let you know exactly where we stand regarding instructional hours. Thank you for your patience and understanding.