The Lee’s Summit School District is changing things next year, implementing a late start day every week.

The Lee’s Summit School District is changing things next year, implementing a late start day every week.

The Lee’s Summit Board of Education approved a two-year calendar for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years earlier this month. Students will have a weekly one-hour late start so teachers can collaborate. The designated late start day in the calendar is Wednesday.  The goal during this time will be for teachers to work together on things such as instruction and curriculum, reviewing student data and assessing students progress. The time will be separate from planning periods, which will remain the same.

Another advantage is the opportunity to recoup some of the lost collaboration time as a result of budget cuts at both the middle and high school level. To make up lost class time because of the weekly late start, two attendance days will be added to both the 2012-13 and 2013014 school year.

For parents concerned about childcare, the Collaboration-Calendar Team is working with Kids Country, the district’s before and after school program, to develop a cost-affordable option on late start days.

This is the first time the board has approved a two year calendar. Parents have asked for such a calendar for several years to make planning for family activities easier.

For more information on the two-year calendar or on fees for Kids Country, visit the Lee’s Summit Board of Education’s website at www.boarddocs.com/mo/lsr7sd/Board.nsf/Public. Select “Items for Decision” within the Nov. 17 regular meeting. The calendars can also be viewed at www.leesummit.k12.mo.us/districtinfo/calendars.htm.