New 2020-2021 Lunch Schedule
It’s about our core value of care of the student. We’ve listened to our students about the way they experience a typical Brebeuf school day, and felt that we could do more to prioritize their time and wellbeing. While our students certainly appreciate and benefit from the PRT concept, the bell schedule we’ve had in place for decades has failed to adjust not only to our increased programming, but also to the increased demands placed on students in recent years. This additional pressure has resulted in overwhelming workloads, less actual PRT time available, skipped meals, and often too-short class periods for our students on altered schedule school days. In response to the shortcomings of our current bell schedule, we have designed a new one that maintains and protects the originally intended purpose of “Personal Responsibility Time,” spreads out the student workload, guarantees a lunch period every day, and optimizes the effectiveness of learning time.
No. The new schedule maintains two PRTs each day and keeps them unscheduled. These PRTs will be more available to students to get work done, to meet with their teachers, to collaborate, to have club meetings, to participate in intermural sports, etc.
We will maintain all of these programs, but schedule them for each student during the times that they have regular class periods 1-8. For example, if a student has seven classes and a “break period” which is period 6, they may be scheduled for a Community Service class which meets on one period 6 during the 8-day cycle, with the other period 6 class times serving as break periods.
Science classes will no longer meet during PRTs, only during their designated class time like other classes. We will maintain a focus on hands-on lab work in our science courses, and we will plan to fit this into the 60-minute regular class periods.
We will occasionally utilize PRTs for needs such as mandatory class meetings, school convocations, pep rallies, etc. For example, our Mass/Convo schedule extends into the first PRT and uses it for the convocation period. In other words, on most days, students will have two PRTs available to use according to their choice, but there will be occasional exceptions where that time is determined for them.
Students in the Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 will schedule a minimum of 7 classes each semester, which means that they may have one unscheduled “break” period. Students in the Class of 2021 will be grandfathered with the ability to choose 6 classes with 2 break periods during their senior year (next year) if they wish. However, going forward after the Class of 2021, all students will continue to have a minimum course load of 7 classes because that is the best setup for their days in the new schedule, and because we want to encourage them to take electives that meet their interests, especially during their junior and senior years. In our current schedule, many students feel they need two break periods to make their days manageable. We feel that with the new schedule, a 7-class or an 8-class load will be manageable.
We have designed the new schedule so that students can comfortably carry 8 courses in a semester. This is not to increase the students’ workload, but to make it more possible for students to take electives such as visual & performing arts, learning center, or a second math or world language course. Currently, many students do this, but to make it work, they are required to take summer school or zero hour. We want our students to be able to take these elective courses without the necessity of taking summer school or zero hour. The ability to schedule 8 courses makes that possible.
No. As mentioned above, it should no longer be necessary to make a student’s schedule work, and we want our students to get a healthy amount of sleep. Eliminating zero hour makes that goal more feasible.
Yes, we plan to offer the same mix of courses to students during the summer, and we anticipate that many students will still want to take summer school courses, for a variety of reasons. The only change to summer school is that we do not want anyone to feel that it is a requirement to make their schedule work. That being said, we know that many incoming freshmen, for example, benefit from getting to know new classmates during a summer PE class, and we will continue to encourage them to do that if they choose.
Yes, we will maintain our current policy regarding off-campus privileges. Seniors will continue having the option to leave campus during break periods or PRTs if they wish. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will need to remain on campus during break periods and PRTs.
Freshmen and sophomores are expected to be on campus for the entire day, everyday. Juniors and Seniors will have the same privilege as in our current policy: If their day starts or ends with a break, they are free to arrive late (in time for their first class) or leave early. Should a student leave early, they are not permitted to return to campus until after 3:30 p.m.
A student’s lunch period each day will be tied to the class that meets during the lunchtime that day. Each class will be designated as 1st lunch, 2nd lunch, or 3rd lunch. Students will be directed on the first days of class, the time they should go to lunch, and will be reminded by those teachers regularly, especially in the first days of school until it becomes routine. See the grid below for lunch timing.
No, we will continue the practice of lunch being available to students throughout a set time window, approximately 10:35-12:50. Students will have a 30-minute lunch period each day, but they may also eat during a free period if it falls during that lunch window on a given day. This will help to spread out the lunch rush times.