The BSD School Board intends to make changes to middle school schedules so that students across the district have a “common middle school experience.” However, they have been working on this for months without including teacher voice in the process.
Changes in the middle school schedules may have an impact on the continuation of the Humanities model, as well as student access to electives, and plan time for teachers. Conversation is needed about whether we will continue to focus on the core subjects at the expense of providing well-rounded learning experiences for all students. Input from teachers is critical when making these kinds of decisions that greatly impact our work.
BEA Leadership has requested that the process not continue until there is authentic engagement with teachers and counselors. We have been assured that there will be a way for middle school staff to provide input after winter break. Please reach out to your building principal with any questions about this process.