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    27J Schools must be increasingly strategic in funding the priorities that matter the most for our students and their learning. In 27J Schools, our core mission is to prepare students with the necessary skills and competencies that will enable a future far beyond graduation.


    A prepared tomorrow begins with the best teaching and learning today. Implementing the four-day student contact week is part of a long term plan to invest in the Thinking Classroom today to prepare our students for life and a career into 2038. Essential to the Thinking Classroom is an investment in our teachers, their development, and their ability to support student learning.

Schedules & Start Times

  • Schedules & Start Times

    Students and teachers at all District-managed schools and Eagle Ridge Academy will attend school Tuesday through Friday, but will not attend school on Monday. If a school day were to be cancelled due to bad weather, three additional days have been built into the schedule. All school holidays will remain the same as in previous years. View the 2018-19 School Year District calendar.

    2018-19 School Start and End Times

    AM Kindergarten & Preschool: 7:50 - 10:50 AM

    PM Kindergarten & Preschool: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

    Elementary Schools & Full-Day Kindergarten: 7:50 AM - 3:30 PM

    Middle & High Schools: 8:30 AM - 4:32 PM

Child Care

  • Child Care

    27J will offer all-day Monday child care beginning August 2018. Children must be at least 5 years old and registered in Kindergarten and no older than 12 to be eligible for 27J child care. Monday child care will be held between 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. Monday child care fee will be $30 per Monday.
     
    All elementary schools EXCEPT, South, North, Henderson and Pennock will have Monday care. ALL elementary schools will have Before & After Programs Tues-Fri. 
     
    Northeast and Southeast will have free lunch through Nutrition Services for children enrolled. All other schools will have lunch service for $4.00 additional per Monday or children can bring lunch. Even if a student qualifies Tues-Fri. for free /reduced lunch, they will not be able to receive that benefit on Mondays at sites other than Northeast & Southeast. If parents from the previously mentioned schools that will not be open need care on Monday, they can register in a nearby school for just Monday.
     
    Registration information will be available on the District website beginning April 16th for those not preregistered. For more information about 27J's Child Care program, including Before and After care, visit the Child Care Program page.
     
    27J, in collaboration with community partners, is exploring opportunities to provide Monday programming for middle school students. 
     

Monday Programming Opportunities

  • Monday Programming Opportunities

    Shopneck Boys & Girls Club (Brighton) will expand its services to accommodate 27J School District’s impending transition to a four-day school week in the 2018-2019 school year. Beginning Monday, August 13, 2018, Shopneck Boys & Girls Club will be open on Mondays from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for a fee of $20 per child per Monday. This excludes recognized company holidays and closures.

    Registration for the 2018-19 school year, including the Monday program will begin in May.  Current member families will receive an opportunity to register prior to the general public. Current members may also qualify for needs-based scholarships. For more information, please contact Shopneck Boys & Girls Club.

Athletics

  • Athletics

    • Middle and high school practices will begin following the end of the school day at 4:32 p.m.
    • Beginning with the 2018 fall season, lights will be installed at the BHS/PVHS/RRHS baseball and softball fields, as well as the tennis courts, to allow for later practice and game times.   
    • High schools will work with their respective league opponents, non-league opponents and transportation departments to schedule game times that minimize missed school time.
    • Similar to Saturdays, high school teams will practice on Monday but district transportation will not be provided.
    • High school contests will be avoided on Mondays when possible.  Weather, re-scheduling and facilities may require contests to be played on Monday.
    • Middle schools will not practice or compete on Mondays.
    • Outdoor middle school contests will not start prior to 4:50 p.m. Traveling teams will be dismissed at 4:05 p.m. Busses will leave at 4:15 p.m.  

Conclusion

  • In conclusion:

    Moving to a four-day school week……… is a great recruiting tool for attracting and hiring new teachers and retaining current teachers for our students.

    Moving to a four-day school week……… improves school culture and reduces absences for students and staff.

    Moving to a four-day school week……… boosts student and teacher morale.  

    Moving to a four-day school week……… allows teachers more time for planning and collaboration to prepare and support our students and their learning.

    Moving to a four-day school week……… saves money that can be invested in serving and supporting our students and their learning.