In an effort to continue the upward trajectory of the William Floyd School District and meet increased New York State school day requirements, the district has increased instructional time by 18 minutes for all schools beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. This change will provide additional opportunities for enrichment and remediation for our students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The district believes that additional instructional time is beneficial to our students in helping them become and stay competitive in a 21st century global environment. These changes align with the district’s goals and objectives of further increasing the graduation rate, which, through a series of strategic K-12 enhancements, has risen to 86% in August of 2018. This additional 18 minutes of instructional time will also result in new school start and end times for the 2019-20 school year.
The times for the 2019-20 school year will be:
- William Floyd High School: 7:10 am – 1:36 pm
- William Floyd Middle School: 8:00 am – 2:28 pm
- William Paca Middle School: 8:00 am – 2:28 pm
- William Floyd Elementary School: 8:20 am – 2:38 pm
- Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School: 8:20 am – 2:38 pm
- John S. Hobart Elementary School: 9:15 am – 3:33 pm
- Moriches Elementary School: 9:15 am – 3:33 pm
- Tangier Smith Elementary School: 9:15 am – 3:33 pm
- William Floyd Learning Center: 9:15 am – 3:33 pm
- Floyd Academy: 9:39 am – 4: 05 pm
- Center for Interim Instruction (CII): 3:20 pm – 5:20 pm
We hope that the advanced notice will be helpful to you in preparing for next school year.
Below are some frequently asked questions that may be helpful to you.
Q: Why are you increasing school time?
A: We believe that more instructional time is beneficial to our students in preparing them to be successful in their academic careers and beyond helping them to become productive members of society. Additionally, the state has changed how it measures the required instructional time – shifting from a required number of days (180) to a required number of hours – 900 for elementary students per year and 990 for secondary students per year. The state does not count recess, lunch and hallway passing time during a school day toward the total number of required hours.
Q: How much more is this going to cost residents?
A: The teacher contract was settled last year and any other costs associated with this proposal will be included in the budget which the Board of Education will put up for a vote on May 21. Please note that the Board of Education has kept the tax levy at or below the two percent cap every year since the inception of the tax cap. The Board of Education once again plans to keep the tax levy rate below the amount allowable by the state law.
Q: Are school time changes dependent on the budget passing on May 21?
A: No. Regardless of the outcome of the budget, school times will change next school year with the additional 18 minutes of instructional time. School times will change next school year no matter the outcome of the budget.
Q: Will bus pick-up time be affected?
A: Yes, bus pick-up times will change next school year depending on the school that your child attends. Full schedules and instructions for approximate bus pick-up and drop-off times will be provided to families in August. However, the general rule at the beginning of the school year is that students should be at bus stops 40 minutes prior to their school’s start time especially during the first few weeks of school.
Q: What about extra help?
A: Extra Help will be offered at both middle schools and the high school at the conclusion of the school day for all subjects. It will continue in its present form. Extra help late buses will be provided.
Q:What is the early/late bus schedule?
- William Floyd High School: Extra help late transportation will run at 2:13 pm with subsequent late buses at 3:13 pm and 5:13 pm. No before-school busing.
- William Paca/William Floyd Middle School: Extra help late transportation will run at 2:58 pm with subsequent late buses running at 3:58 pm and 4:58 pm. No before-school busing.
- William Floyd Elementary/Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary: There will be late bus transportation departing at 3:38 pm. No before-school busing.
- John S. Hobart/Moriches/Tangier Smith/William Floyd Learning Center: Before school transportation is available with arrival at the school at 8:15 am. No after-school busing.
Q: Will this impact extracurricular activities such as music, sports and clubs?
A: There won’t be an impact to extracurricular activities at the high school and middle school levels. Please note that the earlier-starting elementary schools (Nathaniel Woodhull/William Floyd Elementary) will have after-school clubs/activities; and, the later-starting elementary schools (John S. Hobart/Moriches/Tangier Smith/William Floyd Learning Center) will have before-school clubs/activities.
Q: What opportunities will my child have that they did not have before?
A: In addition to the increased enrichment and remediation opportunities this extra time provides K-12, elementary students will have additional time to work directly with their teachers. This will also provide students at the middle school level with engaging high-interest academic electives. In the 2019-20 school year, those courses will be focused on mathematics in sixth grade, ELA (English Language Arts) support in seventh grade, and math and science in eighth grade. Samples of courses include “Computer Know How” (Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Personal Finance, Math Concepts through Games, Introduction to Research and more. In subsequent years, the district will offer even more courses which could focus on coding, career and technical education exploration and more.
Q: What are the school hours this year for comparison?
A: You can find the current school hours for the 2018-19 school year at this link. Please note the 2019-20 school hours are very similar to school hours previously used during the 2014-15 school year.
Q: I would like to share my thoughts on this at the next Board of Education meeting. When and where will that be held?
A: The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 pm in the William Floyd High School library. Please consider attending the final Budget Advisory Committee meeting prior to this meeting, beginning at 7 pm.