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Audit Shows 2 Capo High Schools Lack Sufficient Teaching Time

Schedules will soon be changed at San Juan Hills High and Capistrano Valley High.

An audit by the Capistrano Unified School District has found two high schools do not have enough instructional minutes for the year and will have their schedules altered to increase teaching time.

In September, district officials confirmed they were looking into whether students at San Juan Hills High in San Juan Capistrano and Capistrano Valley High School would be in the classroom long enough by year’s end to meet state standards.

That audit is now complete, and schedules do need to be changed, according to a report to the trustees.

“Through an internal audit, both schools were found to be short overall minutes for the year due to the implementation of the five furlough days in June, coupled with restructured instructional schedule for the 2012-13 school year,” the report states.

Requests for comments from Capo Unified and school officials sent Friday went unanswered.

Because of a shrinking budget, the Board of Trustees in June voted to offer five fewer school days this year. Had temporary tax measure Prop. 30 not passed, that number would have increased to 15 fewer school days.

However, because the state was willing to decrease the number of instructional minutes taught in the year with the possible failure of Prop. 30, San Juan Hills and Capo Valley high schools would not have had to change their schedules, according to the staff memo to trustees. Prop. 30 passed, so the state did not adjust down the number of instructional minutes high schoolers need to complete.

The change to the high school schedules will take place in the next couple of weeks, the memo states. 

Alberto Barrera December 03, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Today was our last true early day out. I was actually surprised that the minimum days went on as long as they did since they were originally implemented in order to allow for WASC accreditation meetings. We would get out at 1:30pm every other Monday, we will now get out at 2:30pm every other Monday. A full twelve minutes earlier than regular Mondays. It feels almost as stupid as our supposed "late" start from a few years back (we would get in at 8:05am instead of 8:00am).
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Thanks for that Alberto. I want to be able to report the changes for families.
momofsix December 04, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I'm curious if this effects ANHS also as this year they implemented Monday late start. They begin 40 minutes later on every Monday. This is my first year with a student in high school, but I believe this is the first year ANHS has had a weekly late start day. I don't know if they "made up the minutes" by making the school day slightly longer Tues - Fri. If not, it should be looked into soon so it can be corrected like they are doing at CVHS & SJHHS.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 02:27 AM
No, it only affects Capo Valley and San Juan Hills.
Capo mom December 04, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Penny, does this effect funding? You'd think that compliance with instructional minutes requirements would have been one of the primary considerations in approving the calendar. I guess it wasn't. I wonder what was ....
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 05, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Capo mom, how do you mean? Do you mean the penalties for not enough minutes? Or just that there would be other financial consequences? Beyond the minimum time the state requires, instructional minutes are something that must be negotiated. But I assume that the minimum is already in place (as it is in the four other Capo high schools) for teachers in their contract. So I don't see a financial consequence there.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 04:24 AM
The San Juan Hills High Facebook group says the students there will be getting out at 2:13 p.m. on "early out" Mondays.

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