Creating A Master School Schedule ….

is like working a 3-D jigsaw puzzle.

With  budget constraints looming over our heads, building a master school schedule becomes even more important than ever before.  A well planned master school schedule accompanied by thoughtful student placement can ensure that limited staff and resources are used in the most efficient ways possible.  This planning is important in all areas, but probably none any more important than planning for one of our least available resources – special education staff.

To meet Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) requirements, IDEA states, “Each public agency must ensure that- to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities… are educated with children who are nondisabled;” It also states that each public agency must ensure a continuum of placements to meet the needs of children with disabilities.
(This Models of Support document describes a continuum of services.)

Creating a master school schedule is like working a 3-D jigsaw puzzle, but when all of the pieces fit together, it becomes a master piece.  If you are an administrator or a teacher, now is the time to start gathering information to help plan for serving all students with the resources available.

To help you in creating your masterpiece, we’ve included two support documents, one for elementary campuses and another for secondary.  These support documents will help you organize, review, and analyze, how and where your students are receiving their special education services.

Elementary Analysis of Performance of Students with Disabilities

Secondary Analysis of Performance of Students with Disabilities

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS to keep in mind when developing a master school schedule:

  • To what extent do our policies, priorities, and actions reflect our educational beliefs?
  • How might we work smarter and more efficiently?
  • How can school schedule and class placement impact teaching and learning?
  • Which students, teachers or subjects should have priority when developing a master schedule?

If you would like to dive deeper into this process and would like further assistance, please contact:

Cathy Miller
Education Specialist for Access to General Curriculum (AGC)

Jim Gonzales
Coordinator Special Education

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