Increase to 5 Period Days for High School by Decreasing Class Length to 60 Minutes

Resolution Number: 

2017-07
Resolution

WHEREAS     an all around education includes opportunities to explore interests through elective courses and students that are able to do this would be better equipped to make informed choices for post-secondary education, and

WHEREAS     the number of mandated classes was increased in 2015 to include a grade 10 physical education class as well as a career exploration class and a creativity and innovation class, and

WHEREAS    the current high school programming is a semestered system with four 75 minute classes per day for 2 semesters to give a total of 24 credits over 3 years, 20 of which are needed for graduation with 12 that are mandatory, and students pursuing certain programs like advanced sciences and French immersion have little room for elective courses over the three years, and

WHEREAS     it is felt that 75 minute periods are too long to keep students engaged and productive, and

WHEREAS     the French School Board has already implemented a 5 period/day semestered system and have adjusted curriculum and graduation requirements accordingly, and

WHEREAS    the Department of Education is stressing career planning by making the Career Explorations course mandatory for high school students, it has decreased the opportunity for students to explore through other elective courses i.e. music, foods, computer science;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the PEIHSF request that the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture review its current semestered system and consider switching to a five period day of 60 minute classes and adjust curriculum and graduation requirements accordingly.

Consideration

Status: 

Passed
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Destination: 

Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture
Public Schools Branch
PEI Teachers Federation