This year, Raymore-Peculiar High School will implement a different schedule during finals week.
Under the new schedule, finals will take place over four days, and three of the days will have early dismissal. There will be a 96-minute period for each final exam.
On the first day of finals, students will attend a full day schedule of 7:25 a.m. to 2:41 p.m. On the remaining three days, students will follow an early dismissal schedule of 7:25 a.m. to 11:41 a.m. On those days, bus transportation will be provided according to the early dismissal schedule. Rather than the usual lunch period, the finals schedule includes a break for breakfast/snack on two of the early dismissal days.
Students may also use the open afternoons to meet with study groups for upcoming finals or to complete major projects. Although the buses will leave following the 11:41 a.m. dismissal, students with their own transportation arrangements can also use the open afternoon to remain at school to arrange for tutoring with classroom teachers. Students may not use the afternoons to take other final exams early.
During the afternoons, teachers can provide tutoring and can also administer make-up exams.
In proposing the modified schedule, Principal Steven Miller said the change will be good for students and teachers. “It just makes sense,” he said.
He noted that under the old schedule, a student who completed a final exam on Monday would be expected to attend that class the rest of the week – even though the class was finished. Likewise, teachers would need to plan activity for students on days following the exam. Parents would sometimes call to determine if a student needed to attend class periods in which testing was not taking place.
Here is how the schedule will look for first semester finals in December:
• Tuesday, Dec. 18 – Students attend a full day (7:25 a.m. to 2:41 p.m.) Students will have a final exam for first period, which will be expanded to 96 minutes. The remaining six periods of the day will be 44 minutes in length, and lunch shifts will be unchanged.
• Wednesday, Dec. 19 – Students attend from 7:25 a.m. to 11:41 a.m. Students will have a final exam for their second period class from 7:25 to 9:01 a.m. From 9:09 to 9:57 a.m., students will have advisory class and breakfast/snack. From 10:05 to 11:41 a.m., students will have a final exam for their third period class.
• Thursday, Dec. 20 – Students attend from 7:25 to 11:41 a.m. Students will have a final exam for their fourth period class from 7:25 to 9:01 a.m. From 9:09 to 9:57 a.m., students will have advisory class and breakfast/snack. From 10:05 to 11:41 a.m., students will have a final exam for their fifth period class.
• Friday, Dec. 21– The last day of school before Winter Break, it was already scheduled for early dismissal. Students attend from 7:25 to 11:41 a.m. Students will have a final exam for their sixth period class from 7:25 to 9:01 a.m. From 9:09 to 9:57 a.m., students will have advisory class. Please note: Breakfast/snack is not included in today’s schedule. From 10:05 to 11:41 a.m., students will have a final exam for their seventh period class.
Students in grades K-8 will attend full days of school on Wednesday, Dec. 19, and Thursday, Dec. 20. All students will have early dismissal on Friday, Dec. 21.