In order to continue to increase the opportunities for students to achieve and excel academically, Fannin County High School will be implementing a “flex period” for the 2015-16 school year. “Flex Time” will occur daily at the end of the regular instructional time. This “Flex Time”, which could include advisement sessions, remediation sessions, acceleration sessions, enrichment sessions, study group sessions, peer tutoring, special events, club meetings, and other activities will occur from 2:40 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
The first two days of school (August 6 & 7) and every Wednesday will be an advisement period during Flex Time with ALL students being required to attend until the 3:10 p.m. dismissal bell.
For the first four and a half weeks of school ALL 9th graders will be required to attend during Flex Time until the 3:10 pm dismissal. During this time students will review the expectations of the student handbook (grades, attendance, etc), review study skills and note taking, receive orientation to school facilities including the media center, cafeteria, and guidance department, along with receiving other pertinent information to assist in making the transition to high school smoother.
Upperclassmen will be notified during the first two days of school regarding whether or not they have qualified to be on the “Early Release List.” Students on the “Early Release List” will be allowed to leave at 2:40 p.m. everyday unless there is an advisement day (Wednesdays) or a special event (class meeting, school assembly). Unscheduled advisement days and special events will be communicated to students and faculty at least two weeks ahead of time.
To be on the “Early Release List”, students must be on track to graduate. Eligibility will be based on three categories: Attendance, Grades, and Discipline. A student must earn eligibility for the “Early Release List”. It is a privilege not a right and will be used as a reward incentive. “The Early Release List” will be evaluated at each progress report or report card, which translates to approximately every four to five weeks.
- No more than one unexcused absence during each progress report
In order for an absence to be excused, the school must receive written notice from a parent/guardian or a doctor’s office as to why the student was absent. This written notice must be received within three days of the student’s return from absence.
- No more than 3 excused absences during each progress report.
Grades: A student must have at least a 75 in all classes at the end of each progress report with a grade of “incomplete” being considered as not passing.
Discipline: If a student has been assigned ISS or OSS during a progress report, they will no longer be eligible for the “Early Release” list until the next progress report.
If a student is failing a class at the end of a progress report, he or she will be scheduled to attend remediation for that class. Each department will host remediation classes addressing the specific needs of each student. If a student is failing more than one class, his or her Math or English will take precedence unless an advisor overrides based on other data. Once a student has been placed in a remediation course, they will remain in the course until the next progress report or the end of the semester (whichever applies).
Students will participate in the acceleration portion of “Flex Time” if they are passing all their classes, but are not on the “Early Release List” or unable to leave. Acceleration will occur in the student’s advisor/homeroom. Students will have the opportunity for extra study/homework time along with several different acceleration strategies that will be available.
Any student at FCHS may choose to stay during “Flex Time” to attend accelerated programs such as SAT prep class, college applications and scholarships classes, tutoring, study groups (particularly for AP and advanced honors classes) or other courses to be determined. Students may also stay during “Flex Time” to attend scheduled club meetings and planning sessions which help enhance their education.
All students should be aware that throughout the year, several special events such as pep rallies and guest speakers will be scheduled during Flex Time. ALL students will be required to stay on those days until the 3:10 PM bell.
An important component of the “Flex Time” requires all students to report to their advisor/homeroom teacher daily at 2:40 p.m. for attendance purposes, even if they have “Early Release Status.” Students failing to report to their advisor daily for attendance will jeopardize their status and could be required to stay daily.
The bell schedule for Fannin County High School for the 2015-16 School Year is as follows:
7:30 – 8:00 Students report to the cafeteria with breakfast being served starting at 7:40 a.m.
8:05 – 9:30 Block 1 Class
9:36 – 11:01 Block 2 Class
11:07 – 1:04 Block 3 Class and Lunch
1:10 – 2:35 Block 4 Class
2:40 – 3:10 Flex Time/Block
Each grade level will meet with administrators during the instructional day on Friday, August 7, to receive detailed information regarding Flex Time as well as information on school expectations.