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Board Approves Eight-Period Bell Schedule

CHISD Board of Trustees recently approved the plan to move all middle and high school campuses to an eight-period bell schedule starting in the 2019-20 school year. Prior to the decision, the district researched the benefits and challenges of making such a change, collected feedback from staff and students and conducted informational meetings with families.

The final decision to implement an eight-period day was made with every middle and high school student in mind. Here is some important information regarding the change:

  • Only CHISD middle and high schools will follow the eight-period bell schedule next school year.
  • This will not change the school start and end times; the district is simply reconfiguring the time during the day to better benefit scholars and staff.
  • By providing eight 45-minute periods per day, scholars have the flexibility to keep their electives while taking advantage of additional classes that offer even more academic enrichment.  
  • The new schedule allows scholars to select more electives at the middle school academies, Early College Academy at CHHS, and Cedar Hill Collegiate High School. Additionally, campuses can increase enrollment in advanced academics electives.
  • Educators teaching math, English, reading, language arts, science and social studies will continue to teach six periods with one conference period. The additional conference period will be dedicated to teacher collaboration, planning and curriculum support which benefit both students and staff.

These are big changes for families and their children, but the academic rewards for students and professional support for teachers are worth it. Principals will share additional information regarding the revised school day, including lunch times and class schedules, prior to the start of school.

For additional questions, comments or concerns, contact a high school or middle school campus principal. Additionally, refer to this FAQ.