SSD Board Approves Phase Out of Full-Day Schedules
SSD Board of Education Approves Plan to Phase Out Full-Day Schedules at North Tech By: SSD Communications Department The Special School District Board of Education has approved a plan to phase out full-day schedules at North Technical High School over the next three years. Students currently enrolled in full-day schedules at North Tech will be able to continue their full-day schedules until graduation. SSD remains committed to enhancing or expanding career and technical education (CTE) programs through half-day schedules. Students who apply for the 10th grade and 11th grade, full-day program will still be considered for the full-day program for the 2020-21 school year. Students who have applied for acceptance as full-day students as 12th graders, for the 2020-21 school year will not be considered for full-day schedules. The 2020-2021 school year is the final year for which new applicants to full-day schedules will be accepted. More information about the phase out plan will be shared with students, families, staff and community partners in the coming weeks. Below are preliminary answers to some general questions that students, families, staff and stakeholders may have. Q: Will current students be affected? A: No. All currently enrolled students with full-day schedules will be able to continue on full-day schedules until they graduate. North Tech will continue to offer half-day schedules for currently enrolled students and those who wish to enroll in a CTE program in the future. Q: What does “phased out” mean? A: For the 2020-21 school year, only students who apply for the full-day schedule into the 10th grade and 11th grade programs will be considered for acceptance as full-day students. The 2020-21 school year is the final year for which new applicants to full-day schedules will be accepted. All currently enrolled students with full-day schedules will be able to continue on full-day schedules until they graduate. The 2022-23 school year will be the last year for full-day (academic) classes at North Tech. Q: Is North Tech offering a full-day schedule to new seniors for the 2020-21 school year? A: No, for two reasons. First, it’s often difficult for a student entering as a new senior to earn the credits needed to graduate on time. Second, CTE programs are designed to be two-year programs, which means a student entering as a senior wouldn’t be able to complete a program. That is why only students who apply for the full-day schedule into the 10th grade and 11th grade programs are being considered for acceptance as full-day students for the 2020-21 school year. Full-day schedules are being phased out and there will be no new students enrolled in full-day schedules following the 2020-2021 school year. However, North Tech will continue to offer quality CTE programs on a half-day schedule for students. Q: What is the difference between full-day and half-day? A: Currently, North Tech has both full-day and half-day schedules. A student who has a full-day schedule at North Tech enrolls in a CTE major, takes academic courses at North Tech, and is able to earn a high school diploma from North Tech. A student who has a half-day schedule at North Tech enrolls in a CTE major, takes academic courses at his or her home high school, and is able to earn a high school diploma from the home high school. Q: Bottom line. What is changing at North Tech and when? A: New students admitted as full-day sophomores and juniors for the 2020-21 school year and currently enrolled full-day students will continue on a full-day schedule until they graduate. All other new students who apply and are accepted to attend North Tech will enroll in a CTE major on a half-day schedule. The 2022-23 school year will be the last year for the full-day schedule (academic classes) at North Tech. Q: Will North Tech still offer an athletics program? A: A determination on the future of interscholastic athletics will be made based on student interest and guidance from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA). Q: I heard a rumor that North Tech is closing. Is that true? A: No. North Tech is NOT closing. North Tech will continue to offer quality CTE programs to new students on a half-day schedule. With the phasing out of the full-day schedule (academic classes), CTE programming will be the sole focus. The plan is to enhance and expand current CTE programs, introduce new programs and explore new delivery methods. In addition, offering only a half-day schedule will provide an opportunity for more students to access CTE programs. Q: Why was the decision made to phase out full-day schedules? A: SSD’s role in St. Louis County is to provide special education services for all St. Louis County students with disabilities, and career technical education for area high school students. These two distinct functions make up the District’s mission. Phasing out academics at North Tech, which is not part of the District’s mission, will allow for greater emphasis to be put on enhancing the quality career technical education already in place and on developing new innovative career technical education programming. Q: Will staff be impacted? A: Academic instructors will be impacted as the number of full-day students decreases. Instructors who are affected will be reassigned in accordance with Board policies and the Joint Resolution. In addition, some academic instructors may be used to teach coursework within career technical education programs. Q: When was the decision approved? A: The SSD Board of Education approved phasing out the full-day option at North Technical High School its meeting on Jan. 28, 2020.