Amending the bell schedule could solve major problems



AJ Wolken staff writer
The bell schedule has always been the same for current students at Beverly. In the past four years there have been no special schedules implemented except for staff development days. But it wasn’t always that way.
Throughout its history, Beverly has gone through many different bell schedules. We have gone through late starts, early dismissals and block schedules, but have settled on a simple schedule for the past few years. Meanwhile, there has been much dispute over homework and test scheduling in order to minimize stress for students. A switch to block schedule could create more teaching time for teachers, less daily workload for students and more productivity in the classroom. The schedule would create two hour class periods, placing odd numbered classes on Mondays and Thursdays and even numbered classes on Tuesdays and Fridays, while  leaving Wednesday’s schedule the same as it currently is.
Last year, administration made two attempts to lighten the workload of students. At first, they placed calendars in every classroom, where students were to update their assessment schedules so that teachers could schedule tests or quizzes on days that would work best for students. Although this concept was promising, the calendar solution failed to solve scheduling issues as the calendars were rarely filled out or acknowledged by students and were even ignored by teachers at times. After that failed, the departments attempted to schedule with each other when each subject would be allowed to give out tests. The idea of only allowing certain testing days for certain subjects had potential, but in the end was unrealistic and therefore also failed.
But implementing a block schedule could solve the workload problem. Through a block schedule, students would only have two to three classes each day, which would lessen the homework each night and minimize the amount of possible assessments a student can have in one day. Additionally, doubling the length of each period would allow teachers to do more within a period. Students would focus on fewer subjects a day rather than five to six, generating more productivity in the classroom and overall more efficient classes.
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