District announces changes to high school bell schedules


Shriya Vanparia

On Friday, Coppell ISD announced changes to A and B day schedules for Coppell High School, New Tech @ Coppell and CHS9. Each block period will be extended by three to four minutes.

Karen Lu, Daily News/Assignment Editor

Today, Coppell ISD notified district students, families and staff schedules for A and B days at Coppell High School, New Tech @ Coppell and CHS9 are changing.

Overall, three to four minutes are being added to each period, shortening the passing periods in between.

CHS had 90 minute classes with 10 minute passing periods, and a 90 minute long instructional period for all the lunches. With the new schedule update, classes are 93 minutes long with shortened eight minute passing periods. The period for all three lunches is extended to 95 minutes.

With the additional minutes added, CHS hopes to retain the instructional minutes lost from implementing C day, without having to change the community-oriented nature of every Friday.

“We had to adjust our schedule to see if we could recover some instructional minutes,” CHS associate principal Melissa Arnold said. “We’re having some issues with kids shuttling to and from the different campuses that we have. By adjusting this and putting more minutes in the classroom, we’re hoping we can ensure the instructional minutes are happening during those block periods. We want our C days to continue to be focused on relationship building and intervention time.”

Previously, the CHS9 schedule included 90 minute periods with seven minute passing periods. Lunches were 62 minutes with a four minute passing period after. Starting Monday, block periods are 93 minutes with adjusted four minute passing periods. Lunch is shortened to 60 minutes with the subsequent passing period included in that hour.

New Tech’s schedule changes vary based on the period. First and fifth period and fourth and eighth period are each extended by three minutes. Second and sixth period and third and seventh period are each extended four minutes. Independent study has been shortened to 23 minutes compared to its previous 30 minute long period. 

In adding three to four minutes, teachers’ instructional periods can be preserved, adding a grace period for shuttling.

“There’s just so many different challenges of our shuttling system and making sure that everyone is in place,” Arnold said. “By adding that additional three minute cushion, we can ensure that our teachers are able to start each of their days with a relationship-building greeting before popping into those instructional minutes where everything is consistent. We can ensure that we’re all meeting different guidelines that we have to meet throughout the year.” 

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