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Late Start Schedule for 2019-20 School Year

WGHS Late-Start Schedule


We are excited to announce that the Board of Education has approved a late-start schedule for WGHS, beginning with the 2019-20 school year.  A late-start schedule allows time for instructional staff to collaborate in Professional Learning Communities, or PLCs.


Extra time allotted for instructional staff is the only time teachers of the same course can meet in PLCs to provide a guaranteed viable curricular experience for students, which includes:

  • Essential content and skills students need to know for a particular unit
  • Common assessments to determine if students have mastered those essential skills
  • Adjustment of instruction and design interventions to help students who need additional support, and they design enrichment opportunities for students who already have an understanding of certain concepts


In order to accommodate PLC time, we will have a late start on twenty-six (26) days out of the school year.  School will start at 8:57 a.m., and two periods will be dropped from those scheduled dates. Instructional staff will meet with their PLCs from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., and the building will be open to students at 8:00 a.m.


Because our school calendar includes more school days than DESE requires, we can accommodate PLC time without affecting the total number of days students attend.  We will still have one built-in day for any school closing due to inclement weather.


Bus transportation will be modified to accommodate the new schedule.  Parents who drop off their students before school should make arrangements to drop off between 8:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.  We currently will not schedule any before-school activities/meetings on the late-start days to allow staff time to meet.


We are excited to join other school districts in the area in this opportunity to provide intentional time for our instructional staff to collaborate, focus on learning for all, and ensure that students learn and succeed.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 963-6400.

Please see the reverse side for the 2019-20 projected late start days.

2019-20 PLC Days*





19, 26


9, 16, 23, 30


7, 14, 21, 28


11, 18


2, 9


13, 27


3, 10, 24


2, 9, 23, 30


6, 13, 27


*Dates are subject to change until final 2019-20 academic calendar is published.