KHS announces new schedule and homeroom policy


Julia Knoll

KHS is also making changes to their homeroom policy as of recently.

KHS is currently making plans to adapt its schedule to the new Missouri legislation involving the length of the school year. The new legislation prevents Missouri schools from starting until 14 days before the first Monday of September. For Missouri students, this means the 2020-2021 school year will begin Aug. 24. KHS is also making changes to their homeroom policy. 

“Homeroom will remain the same for the first 30 minutes,” Dr. Mike Havener, KHS principal, said. “The second part will be broken up into [two 30 minute increments]. You won’t be able to leave unless a teacher signs you up to leave. For right now, it’s in two sections of 30 minutes each, but that could change because it is still early in the planning process.”

Havener recommended three different schedule options to the KHS department chairs Jan. 15. One of the options was adding seven minutes to the current schedule with the school day ending at 2:42 p.m., the second option was to end the school day at 2:45 p.m. The third option was to extend lunch to an hour, the lunch hour being split into two 30-minute periods. During one of the 30-minute periods teachers would be allowed to require students to see them and get any help or make up tests or quizzes. This option was rejected because it was not supported by faculty and staff according to Havener.

“We are recommending to the central office to add seven minutes to the current schedule,” Havener said. “Five minutes would be added before school and two minutes after. [School would go from] 7:45 to 2:42 and that would be meeting the minimum requirements for state law. The schedule would stay the same except for start and end times.”

This article will be updated as we get more information.