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Common K-12 Late Arrival Community Meeting

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2/25/2009

Our Board of Directors heard a proposal on Monday, February 23 to create a common K-12 late arrival for all schools during the 2009-2010 school year. A community meeting has been planned for March 5, 2009 at 6:30 in the Enumclaw High School Library to explain this important need for our entire system. We would love to have you join us! Below outlines key points about this Common K-12 Late Arrival proposal.

K-12 Late Arrivals:
The intent in the next few paragraphs is to outline for you a clear and concise purpose and need for establishing a K-12 late arrival day each week for staff learning. The Enumclaw School District believes and values staff learning and collaboration as a direct means to improve classroom instruction and student learning.

Professional Learning Communities:
Last summer, our school district officially launched becoming a Professional Learning Community. This focus of our work revolves around four key questions:
What do we want students to know?
How will we know if they have learned it?
What will we do if they haven't learned it?
How will we respond if they have already learned it?

The critical component of truly becoming a system that can call itself a Professional Learning Community is establishing a time in which staff can come together in a relentless way to improve student learning.

Existing Conditions:
Currently, Enumclaw High School has a late arrival each Wednesday of a five-day student week. This ranges from 21-24 in a given year. Late arrival days started six years ago as the high school staff was working together to improve the structure and the instruction of our comprehensive high school, ultimately improving student learning.

Our K-8 schools have five early dismissal days each year for a similar reason as the high school.

Proposal:
To begin having 75-minute K-12 late arrivals in the Enumclaw School District every Wednesday.

Other Models:
Below are other models that two neighboring school districts use in their work of becoming Professional Learning Communities.

School DistrictLate Arrival Model Day of Week
Sumner School District 90 minutes late for all schools Wednesday
White River School District 60 minutes late for all schools Monday

We hope you will join us us on March 5 at 6:30 in the EHS Library for this meeting if you would like to find out more information about our Common K-12 Late Arrival Plan.