February 20, 2018
Griffith Public Schools Parents/Legal Guardians,
We, at Griffith Public Schools, have recognized the importance of professional development for our teachers and staff and currently have approved it as one of our core commitments in which we value. In addition, our administration has noticed that our high school students who attend CTE offerings at Hammond Area Career Center are losing valuable instruction time due to a conflict of start/end times with Hammond Schools. In order for positive changes to effectively happen within the district for the betterment of our students, a change to our start/end times, as well as late start Tuesdays, were approved by the school board on February 8, 2018. The following changes will be effective for the 2018-19 school year:
Student Start/End Times:
MS/HS: 7:45AM – 2:45PM
Elementary: 8:45AM – 3:30PM
Early Departure Time for Students on Tuesdays:
MS/HS: 12:30PM Departure on Tuesdays
Elementary: 1:30PM Departure on Tuesdays
Please note the following:
Athletics and Extra-curricular activities/events are being addressed with the appropriate personnel. Just as in the past, at no time will these offerings be denied due to this change.
I want to thank the administration and teaching staff on their willingness to look at what is best for our students first prior to putting their feelings on how it will affect them personally when this plan is approved. This change allows our students the opportunity to participate in CTE offerings at Hammond Area Career Center without compromising their own educational experience here at Griffith Public Schools.
Michele A. Riise