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Proposed School Start and End Times Beginning 2023-2024

Proposed School Start and End Times Beginning 2023-2024

Dear Hawthorn Families,

On December 15, 2022, district representatives presented the Hawthorn District 73 Board of Education with a proposal to transition to a seven-hour student instructional day for all grade levels beginning with the 2023-2024 school year. The plan includes updated start and end times for all Hawthorn schools to maximize student learning and staff professional development hours. The presentation can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Seven-hour instructional day presentation
Seven-hour instructional day memorandum

The development of a seven-hour student instructional day was a collaborative process that began in April 2020. Currently, the elementary instructional day is 6 hours and 15 minutes long, and the middle school instructional day is 6 hours and 30 minutes long. Transitioning to a seven-hour instructional day will provide elementary students with approximately 11 more days of instruction. Middle school students will receive approximately seven more days of instruction.

Finally, the proposed 2023-2024 bell schedule features early release days every Wednesday to provide families with a more consistent and predictable student calendar, replacing the current six early-release days. Students will be released 45 minutes early every Wednesday, and staff will stay for 1 hour and 15 minutes following student dismissal for weekly professional development sessions. The proposed bell schedule can be accessed here: Proposed 2023-2024 Bell Schedule.

We understand that change can be difficult. Any questions you have related to the proposed changes can be submitted via a form on the Hawthorn website. Questions submitted will be used to create a FAQ document that will be shared on the District website.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Dr. Pete Hannigan
Superintendent of Schools
 

Proposed Bell Schedule

School

22-23
Student
Arrival Begins

23-24
Student Arrival Begins

22-23 Instructional Start Time

23-24 Instructional Start Time

22-23 Instructional End Time

23-24 Instructional End Time
(M, T, Th, F)

23-24 Instructional End Time (W)

Middle North

7:15

7:25

7:40

7:35

2:10

2:35

1:50

Middle South

7:15

7:25

7:40

7:35

2:10

2:35

1:50

Aspen

7:40

7:35

7:55

7:50

2:10

2:50

2:05

Elementary South

8:15

8:20

8:40

8:35

2:55

3:35

2:50

Elementary North

8:25

8:10

8:40

8:25

2:55

3:25

2:40

Dual/ Townline

8:35

8:20

8:50

8:35

3:05

3:35

2:50

HSYL

8:05

8:00

8:20

8:15

2:35

3:15

2:30

Lincoln

8:15 and 12:30

8:30 and 12:45

   

10:45
and
3:00

11:00
and
3:15

 

Lincoln (Wed)

 

8:30 and 12:30

       

11:00
and
3:00