Back to school: Unadilla Valley

NEW BERLIN – More instructional and teacher planning time has been added to the school day at Unadilla Valley Central School, but administrators expect students will hardly notice the changes.

Middle and high schools students must report to classes, which begin Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 8:15 a.m., or to breakfast at 7:55 a.m. Both breakfast and lunch periods have been shortened and the school day will end a bit later, at 3:05 p.m.

Elementary students in 3rd-5th grades report to breakfast at 7:50 a.m. and 1st and 2nd graders report to their classroom at 7:55 a.m. Lunch for 1st and 2nd graders is from 8:10 to 8:30 a.m. Morning program for K-3 graders starts at 8:25 a.m. Pre-K breakfast period begins at 9 a.m. Elementary students are dismissed at 3 p.m.

Bus routes will follow the exact arrival time as in the past. Students and parents are reminded that front of the building parking is off limits between 7:45 and 8:15 a.m. and from 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. when buses are loading and unloading.

New contract negotiations with the teachers’ union last year resulted in a common planning time for teachers from 7:45 to 8:10 a.m. three days a week. The collaboration time, based on the research of Richard DeFour, is intended to improve student achievement on a regular basis.

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