For Immediate Release
July 9, 2009
The State Board of Education voted today to deny the request for the Rolling Ridge and Doris Dickson Elementary Schools because this was not the typical waiver process and the request did not ensure that students will actually receive the lost instructional time.
“Like every district, Chino Valley Unified School District is required to offer a minimum number of instructional minutes per day to its students. Due to early release times by principals at two Chino Valley schools, the district owes students 34 instructional days. While the board recognizes the effort the district attempted to make up some of these days, the Board concluded that not enough students participated to constitute even a partial remedy”. While rejecting the district’s waiver request, the SBE's action today will still allow Chino Valley School District to use the existing options which will ensure these students receive the instructional time they missed. “Frankly, the SBE isn’t interested in seeing the district pay the financial penalty, we just want to ensure that students get all of the instructional time they need and deserve and that the district was paid to provide.”
The State Board has previously waived the legal definition of a school year, allowing districts to begin a school year prior to July 1 or end a school year after June 30. These types of waivers were typically granted for districts with multi-track, year round schools.
Although the SBE did not grant this waiver to Chino Valley Unified School District there are number of the options in which the district can remedy shortages in instructional time.