School Schedule FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

Pod David Zielke Margie Wagner

About the Daily Schedule

Periods

  • Office Hours and/or Collaborations availability each morning
  • 60-minute classes, 2 class meetings per week
  • 15 minute passing between classes, 5 minutes after lunch
  • 2 groups (A/B) with 40 minutes for lunch when on-campus
  • 1 lunch group when in Distance Learning
UPDATE

Since we first announced our adapted bell schedule in early July, we received the feedback we had hoped for and have made some revisions. The basic premise of the new schedule is the same: an eight-period rotating schedule, with classes meeting three times each week most weeks of the year. Standard schools days are 8:30 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Now that students can see their 2020-2021 schedules, they should have at least one Flex period each semester. It is our hope that in distance learning students make good use of their Flex period to unplug and step away from their computers; it would be a great time to get some exercise or take a mental break.

NOTE FOR DISTANCE LEARNING

Distance Learning daily schedule amended to have one lunch period. All classes will still meet in same order and rotation during DL.

PLANNING

To allow for all students to return each day, Jesuit Sacramento has looked carefully at how the school day and class schedules are arranged.

The schedule for 2020-2021 will now have eight periods instead of seven as used in 2019-20, with a longer “passing period” time in between each class. This addition results in smaller class sizes to allow for physical distancing in all classrooms and safe physical distancing throughout the day. The additional period will automatically require an added flex period; students will not be able to add another class. When a student’s flex period occurs at the start or end of the school day, we will allow a late arrival or early departure from campus to promote even more physical distancing.

The consistent start times for classes, standard class length, and predictable rotation throughout the week will allow for a smooth transition back to on-campus in-person learning.

Flex Periods

Students will still be assigned a flex period. As noted above, the move to an eight-period schedule will mean that students will likely be assigned two flex periods in addition to their six classes. Students will not be able to add another class as we are already maximizing the use of teachers and classroom space. Large supervised areas, including the Harris Center, Fr. Barry Gymnasium and new Welcome Center will be furnished with desks and tables, properly physically distanced, for students to utilize during their flex period. Flex period locations will be assigned by class year. When a student’s flex period occurs at the start or end of the school day, we will allow a late arrival or early departure from campus to promote even more physical distancing. 

Attendance

One of our goals at Jesuit High School Sacramento is to develop independent and confident students ready for the rigors of college. High school years are a balance, then, between parental involvement and student accountability and organization. To help keep parents informed while also encouraging student independence, Jesuit teachers use PowerSchool to record daily attendance records as well as all grades.

Parents must establish a PowerSchool account and then sign up to receive attendance notifications. Instructions for establishing an account and signing up for attendance notifications will be mailed to all parents just before classes begin in August.

On-Campus

Teachers will take attendance at the start of every period for both the students present in the room and the students participating remotely. Taking attendance will also serve as additional confirmation that each student has completed the symptom self-check.

Distance Learning

Teachers will take attendance at the start of every period for all students logged into their synchronous Zoom session on time.

Office Hours & Collaboration Periods

Monday – Friday 8:00-8:30 am

As you can see on the schedule, each morning will start with Office Hours or Collaboration from 8:00-8:30. The schedule takes our previous once-a-week collaboration model and spreads that collaboration time across the week to be used more frequently in smaller group settings. Details about how that time will be used are in the works.

We have designed more frequent and shorter opportunities to allow an increased number of smaller gatherings for students and faculty as we try to limit larger groups and meetings. Additionally, the new morning schedule has the added benefit of a later start for students when not needing to attend the morning function. This is consistent with new state recommendations on school start times.

If a student’s year-level is scheduled for a Collaboration Period meeting on a given day, his presence is mandatory and attendance will be taken. If a student will be absent from a required Collaboration Period, all of the school’s normal attendance policies apply. 

Students not scheduled for a Collaboration Period meeting on a given day are welcome to do any of the following: 

  • Sleep in and arrive in time for the first class period of the day (8:30 a.m.) 
  • (If open) use the following areas of campus: Harris Center, King Library, student quads 
  • Schedule personal off-campus appointments. Families are strongly encouraged to schedule all appointments (e.g. doctor, dentist, etc.) during open Collaboration Periods. 

​Collaboration Periods

2020 -2021 Collaboration Calendar 

CLICK HERE to access the current collaboration schedule

What is a Collaboration Period?

Most Wednesdays begin with a “Collaboration Period” which run from 8:15-9:30 a.m.  Some Collaboration Periods are used for faculty and some are used for students. 

Collaboration Periods for faculty include things like Professional Learning Community meetings and additional department meeting time (for things like year-level meetings or interdepartmental collaboration). 

Collaboration Periods for students include things like assemblies (e.g. Social Justice Summit Assembly, Magazine Sale Assembly, Behavioral Health Assembly), class Masses, and group meetings with counselors.

Are students required to attend Collaboration Periods scheduled for their year-level?

Yes.  Students are required to attend all Collaboration Periods scheduled for their year-level.  If a student will be absent from a Collaboration Period, all of the school’s normal attendance policies apply.

How do students know if they are scheduled for a Collaboration Period?

This collaboration schedule is located at the back of the school calendar and is available on the school’s website.

Do students have to be on campus if their year-level is not involved in a particular day’s Collaboration Period?

No.  If a student’s year-level is not involved in a particular date’s Collaboration Period, he can sleep in and arrive before the day’s first class period (9:45 a.m.), schedule personal off-campus appointments, or use defined areas of campus (e.g. Harris Center, the King Library). 

Flex Periods

What is a flex period?

A flex period is an open period when a student is not scheduled for a credit-granting class.

Why does the schedule have a flex period?

The goal of the flex period is to allow for more flexibility in a student’s schedule.  It frees up students to get extra help in tutoring rooms, to do homework, or to take an enrichment elective.  The goal is to help students achieve good balance during the school year and to allow them to better attend to the many demands on their time.

Where can students go during their flex period?

During their flex period, students must go to one of the assigned areas on campus (e.g. Harris Center, King Library, Math/Science Tutoring Room, Humanities Tutoring Room, Academic Resource Center).  All of these assigned areas are supervised by a faculty or staff member.

Do students have to go to the same place every flex period?

For the most part, no.  Students can go to the Harris Center on one day, to the library the next, to the weight room the next.  (There will be a small number of students who are required to go to the Academic Resource Center or the tutoring rooms every day because of some academic challenges.)

Can students go back and forth between places during the same flex period?

No.  Once a student goes to one of the assigned areas at the beginning of a flex period, he must stay there for the entire period that day.

Do you take attendance at the beginning of each flex period?

Yes. 

Can students come to school late if they have their flex period the first period of the day?  Can they leave if they have flex period the last period of the day?

No.  Flex period is like any other class period.  Students must be on campus and checked into one of the assigned areas during every flex period.  In order to encourage students to utilize the study time, tutoring, and other assistance available during the flex periods, students must be present during all of those flex periods, including those that fall during the first and last periods of the day.

Can a student take an additional, 7th academic course during his flex period?

For the most part, no.  The flex period is reserved for tutoring, homework, and enrichment electives as much as possible.  Any exceptions must be approved by the administration.  For example, students may be allowed to take a performing arts class (band, chorus, or studio art) in their 7th period, with the approval of the parents, counselor, and administration. 

Enrichment Electives

What is an enrichment elective?

An enrichment elective is a class offered simply for personal enrichment and enjoyment.  Enrichment electives are recreational in nature and are designed to tap into a student’s personal interests.  For example Jazz Appreciation, Organic Gardening, Web Design, and Cybersecurity are among the current options.

Who can take an enrichment elective?

Any student can request to take an enrichment elective if he has an open period in his schedule.  A student’s enrollment in his requested enrichment elective depends on whether or not the requested elective fits into the rest of his course schedule. 

Can a student be required to take an enrichment elective?

No, a student cannot be required to take an enrichment elective by any teacher or program.

Do enrichment electives include homework?

No.  Enrichment electives may not assign any homework.

Do enrichment electives fulfill any of a student’s graduation requirements?

No.  All enrichment elective are non-credit and do not fulfill any graduation requirements.

Are enrichment electives graded?  Do they appear on a student’s transcript?

Enrichment electives are pass/fail.  They will appear on a student’s transcript.