Published April 7, 2023
BY MAGGIE JOHNSTON
A new CHS bell schedule is being piloted for the two weeks following spring break to collect data on whether students will use an office hours period more effectively if it is in the middle of the day, when students are not permitted to go off-campus.
A group of 15 Carmel High School staff members, under the original supervision of former CHS principal Jonathan Lyons, created this schedule over the course of five meetings. Assistant principal Craig Tuana has helped the bell schedule team in communicating its purpose to students and hopes that students will use this extra work time wisely.
“The hope is for office hours to be utilized a lot more effectively,” Tuana says. “The idea is that more students would take advantage of it for different reasons. Whether it’s to make up tests and quizzes or to get individual attention from the teacher.”
During preliminary data collecting earlier this year, a survey revealed to the bell schedule team that voluntary office hours, which are now available 7:45-8:25 each Thursday, are being vastly unattended by students who need one-on-one time with their teachers.
The changes from the present schedule includes two office hour periods, one of 20 minutes on Wednesday and the other for 40 minutes on Thursday. These office hour blocks will be embedded in the middle of the school day Wednesday and Thursday rather than being at the beginning of the school day on Thursday, when many students currently opt to sleep in.
During the pilot weeks, school on Wednesday will get out at 3:15 p.m., five minutes later than the current schedule, and at 1:55 p.m. on Thursday, 20 minutes earlier than the current schedule. There are no changes to the Monday, Tuesday and Friday schedule.
The traditional weekly schedule will resume May 1.