• Following are some of the most frequently asked questions concerning the grade realignment for 2014-2015.  If you have a question that might also benefit other families, please e-mail it to webmaster@iasd.cc 

    What are the educational benefits of grade realignment?

    Will the number of students per class go down or up?

    Will students and parents be provided orientation to new schools?

    When will transportation schedules be made available?

    Will students who currently walk be given the opportunity to ride a bus?

    How will buses be scheduled for dismissal?

    How will parents with students in two schools drop off and pickup their children if not riding the bus?

    What are the start and end times for the school day?

    Has the educational program been reduced (i.e. art, music, physical education)?

    Will parent/teacher conferences be held on the same day?

    How will teachers be provided information about students coming from another school?

    What schools will be used for the life skills and Pre-K classrooms?

    Will each school have a principal, guidance counselor and nurse?

    Q. What are the educational benefits of grade realignment?

    A. While acknowledging that financial restrictions are the driving force necessitating elementary school grade realignment, the educational benefits are many including: providing adequate and more consistent supports for students needing additional help; consistent and equitable schedules and class size; ability to incorporate flexible grouping to differentiate instruction; making resources available to fund curriculum and technology improvements; ability to implement new programs such as hybrid learning; reinstatement of computer technology instruction for grades 4 and 5; elimination of travel between buildings for learning support teachers and reading specialists; and creation of math coaches and literacy coaches to work with all students and teachers.


    Q.  Will the number of students per class go down or up?

    A.  It depends.  Most classrooms will see a reduction but some will see an increase.  The school district has not been able to maintain its class size guidelines of 20 for grades K-3 and 25 for grades 4 and 5.  In the 2013-14 school year, we have class sizes ranging from 14 to 28.  Those with 14 in a class will see an increase and those with 28 will see a reduction.  Without grade realignment, those with low class sizes were in greater jeopardy of seeing class sizes over 30 than those already at 28.  It is very likely the class size guidelines will increase in the future due to financial constraints, but we hope to maintain 20 for grades K and 1.  We hope to maintain the current class size guidelines for the first year of grade realignment.


    Q.  Will students and parents be provided orientation to new schools?

    A.  Students will receive orientation before the end of the 2013-14 school year.  Schools will be opened to families for walking tours prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year.  Back to school nights will continue to be held.


    Q.  When will transportation schedules be made available?

    A.  Bus transportation times are usually mailed a week prior to the start of school.  We plan to mail elementary bus times around August 1.  Due to the earlier mailing, there could be changes as new students enroll.


    Q.  Will students who currently walk be given the opportunity to ride a bus?

    A.  Yes.  For the first time, all elementary school students will have the option of riding a bus to and from school.


    Q.  How will buses be scheduled for dismissal?

    A.  Bus dismissal will occur in two phases with half the buses beginning at each school and then progressing on to the next school to complete bus dismissal.


    Q.  How will parents with students in two schools drop off and pickup their children if not riding the bus?

    A.  In the morning, the schools will be open early enough before the start time for parents to drop students off a both schools.  There will be staggered dismissal so parents can pick one student up and get to the other school during the dismissal timeframe.


    Q.  What are the start and end times for the school day?

    A.  The instructional day will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. versus 9:05 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. currently. 


    Q.  Has the educational program been reduced (i.e. art, music, physical education)?

    A.  No.  Staffing has been reduced via more efficient scheduling but students will continue to receive one special per day.  The grade K-3 schools will provide art, music, physical education and library.  The grade 4-5 schools will provide art, music, physical education, library and computer technology.  Music lessons and chorus will continue to be offered in grades 4 and 5.


    Q.  Will parent/teacher conferences be held on the same day?

    A.  Yes


    Q.  How will teachers be provided information about students coming from another school?

    A.  Grade level teams are being provided time during the 2013-14 school year to work on class lists and share necessary information about students.  In addition, elementary school staff will be provided dedicated time on the four staff in-service days prior to the first day of school to prepare.


    Q.  What schools will be used for the life skills and Pre-K classrooms?

    A.  Ben Franklin will be used for grades K-3 life skills and Eisenhower will be used for grades 4-5 life skills.  Ben Franklin and East Pike will each have a Pre-K class.


    Q.  Will each school have a principal, guidance counselor and nurse?

    A.  Each school will have a full-time principal.  Each school will have a full-time nurse or LPN.  Ben Franklin and East Pike will have full-time guidance counselors while Eisenhower and Horace Mann will share a guidance counselor.