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Student Late Start Days


Student Late Start Days

At its July 11, 2013 meeting, the Board of Education approved 12 Student Late Start Days for the 2013-2014 school year to allow shared time for school professional learning communities to conduct their work toward achieving each of the District’s academic goals. Each morning work session is 75 minutes in length. A student’s daily class schedule will start on these days following work sessions at 8:50 a.m. for early-start schools (Fremd, Hoffman Estates, and Schaumburg High School) and at 9:35 a.m. for late-start schools (Conant and Palatine High Schools).

Progress made during the past year was supported significantly by time that was made available to teachers and administrators to conduct the work of the professional learning communities during morning work sessions on Student Late Start Days. These sessions provided an ongoing platform and opportunities for principals and school instructional leaders to pursue academic improvement strategies with their entire faculty on an ongoing basis.

Sustainable continuous improvements are made by the members of the professional learning communities working together. Through their collaborative, collective work, the faculty and staff create ongoing learning for both students and faculty. District 211 focuses on ensuring that students will know or be able to demonstrate the critical learning standards by analyzing academic performance data to guide instruction and to determine academic interventions, closing the achievement gap and increasing student proficiency on standards resulting in students transferring the skills required to be successful beyond high school.

Clearly written critical learning standards provide a focus for curriculum, assessment and instruction. To ensure that the critical learning standards are clearly written, teachers will engage in a process of “unwrapping the standards,” which is breaking down individual critical learning standards into their component parts of content (what students should know and be able to do), context (how students use the content) and endurance (students’ independent and deep understanding of the content). This process of “unwrapping the standards” identifies what students will know and be able to do when they have mastered a critical learning standard. The work of the professional learning teams in 2013-2014 will include the unwrapping of the critical learning standards in each course. This is the groundwork for common formative and summative assessments of each critical learning standard. The critical learning standards must be “unwrapped” to ensure that what is taught and assessed is strictly aligned to the critical learning standards, ACT College Readiness Standards, and the Common Core Standards. Most importantly, professional learning team members will identify and define what all students should know and understand so that students are able to recognize the universal issues, patterns, and significance of what they are studying. In order to organize learning so that students move toward independent application and deep understanding of the content, teachers will “unwrap” the critical learning standards, develop essential questions of those standards to assess students’ mastery of the critical learning standards, and design teaching and learning activities to promote greater student learning.


2013-2014 Student Late Start Days on the following Tuesdays:
(All Tuesdays; all 75 minutes in length)
- September 24, 2013
- October 8, 2013
- October 22, 2013
- November 5, 2013
- November 19, 2013
- December 10, 2013
- February 11, 2014
- February 25, 2014
- March 11, 2014
- April 8, 2014
- April 29, 2014
- May 6, 2014


Late Start Day Bus Route Starting Times:
Conant High School - 8:45 a.m.
Fremd High School - 8:00 a.m.
Hoffman Estates High School - 8:00 a.m.
Palatine High School - 8:45 a.m.
Schaumburg High School - 8:00 a.m.

Late Start Day School Starting Times
Conant High School - 9:35 a.m.
Fremd High School - 8:50 a.m.
Hoffman Estates High School - 8:50 a.m.
Palatine High School - 9:35 a.m.
Schaumburg High School - 8:50 a.m.









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