Frequently Asked Questions


1. How is the alternate four day schedule different from the traditional five day?

There are four days of school during most school weeks as opposed to five during the traditional setting. Friday is the day that there is (usually) no school, unless there is a Monday holiday in which case school will run from Tuesday through Friday. The school day has been extended by 30 minutes, beginning at 8:05 a.m. and ending at 3:45 p.m. Because there are no interruptions such as early dismissals or late starts (unless weather/emergency related), teacher in-service or meetings during the four days of instruction, there is more instructional time in the classroom.


2. Explanation of "Fridays":

Tutor Days – 8 a.m. through 11 a.m., with doors open at 7:30 a.m. as on a school day. Elementary students need to go directly to the OST Room; BH middle and high school students are to wait in the locker commons area until 8 a.m., at which time they may go to their teacher and classroom for tutoring. Days when students are encouraged to come in for help from their teachers, homework time, reading/research time. There are thirteen scheduled throughout the school year. School doors are open as on a regular school day. These Friday mornings have been placed so as to coincide with school and state testing preparation. From 11:01a.m. through 12:00 noon, teachers will be involved in staff meetings, professional development activities, collaboration, and lesson preparation. All teaching staff are available on Tutor Days and are in their classrooms.


Unscheduled Friday – School is closed on these days.


Make Up Snow Days –  School will be scheduled ONLY if there has been a snow day prior to this date. Days not needed for "make up snow days" will be "Unscheduled", as described above.


Professional Development Day – There are two days during which time all of your teachers engage in professional development activities. Teachers are not available for tutoring on these days; there are two scheduled.


Parent Teacher Conferences – Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on October 28, November 1, February 13, and February 14. The evening conferences are from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday mornings will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Because staff are working the four hours on the Thursday evenings, they are given the half day Friday afternoon to compensate for their time.


3. What is the OST program? And how will it help our elementary children? When does it start each day it is held?

The start time is 7:30 a.m. and it runs through 5:30 p.m. on nonschool Fridays. This includes both unscheduled, tutor Fridays, Parent Teacher Conferences, and Professional Development days. On the OST days, parents may drop their children at the school at 7:30 a.m. and the children will be involved in activities for the day. Tabor is the only site which offers this service to parents.


The OST (Out of School Time) program was made possible through a state grant to implement a program to help parents who may require someone looking after their children while the parents were working or away on nonschool Fridays. Since the grant that made this program possible has expired, the Building Bloks Daycare of Tabor is sponsoring the OST program. The cost is $35 per month or $20 for a “drop in” day. Enrichment and fun activities are planned for each session.


OST Scheduled Days

Please note that if school is closed for weather or other emergency, there are designated make up days throughout the calendar. These are marked as "snow days" and we will let you know as soon as possible when they become regular school days which would cancel the OST day.