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Re: Adjusting School Calendars (From TEA)
You don't know that this will be the norm. They are still running all sorts of options and each day brings something new from the so-called experts. I hope this is NOT the norm and you should hope so too because if it is, say bye-bye to your stipend and extended contracts that will no longer be needed.
kind of schedule will not be the biggest issue for band, athletics or any other large group in the school. The big one is the A/B - 1/2 the student population in school on alternating days and social distancing. No field trips/bus trips which means you won't be traveling for any marching contests or away games. 6 foot distancing will be the norm with no exceptions.
I taught high school band in the DFW area for 11 years at the beginning of my career and then moved to another state due to family reasons. When we moved I found a job at a school with a schedule very similar to this proposed schedule. Initially thinking I would hate this schedule and it would never work with band, I soon found out that I LOVE this schedule. If you plan correctly this schedule works great for band or any other activity that requires lots of repetition and review. There is less time for the students to forget what you have taught them during a long Summer break, the students and teachers feel less "burn out" and you still get everything done throughout the year (i.e. marching band, contest, solo and ensemble, Spring trip, etc.). This schedule also allows more time to help the students that are struggling. I set up a lesson schedule during these breaks for my students that are behind or want extra help.
Just my two cents. I realize I don't have a dog in the fight, but I have been through both schedules and have found success in both.