Senior High School Bell Schedule 2022-23


Regular Day Schedule 
Full Regular Day (Monday, Friday) 

Period 1 8:30 - 9:18 a.m.
Period 2 9:24 - 10:12 a.m.
Break 10:18 - 10:22 a.m.
Period 3 10:22 - 11:10 a.m.
Period 4 11:16 a.m. - 12:06 p.m.
Lunch 12:06 - 12:48 p.m.
Period 5 12:54 - 1:42 p.m.
Period 6 1:48 - 2:36 p.m.
Period 7  2:42 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday Block Schedule

Period 1 8:30 - 9:40 a.m.
Break 9:40 - 9:45 a.m.
Period 2 9:50 - 11:00 a.m.
Period 5 11:06 a.m. - 12:16 p.m.
Lunch 12:16 - 12:58 p.m.
Period 6 1:04 - 2:14 p.m.
Period 7  2:20 - 3:30 p.m.


Wednesday Block Schedule

Period 3 8:30 - 9:40 a.m.
Break 9:40 - 9:45 a.m.
Period 4 -
9:50 - 10:28 a.m.
Period 4 10:28 - 11:38 a.m.
Lunch 11:38 a.m. - 12:22 p.m.
Period 5 12:27 - 1:37 p.m.
Period 6 1:43 - 2:53 p.m.

Thursday Block Schedule

Period 1 8:30 - 9:40 a.m.
Break 9:40 - 9:45 a.m.
Period 2 9:50 - 11:00 a.m.
Period 3  11:06 a.m. - 12:16 p.m.
Lunch  12:16 - 12:58 p.m.
Period 4  1:04 - 2:14 p.m.
Period 7  2:20 - 3:30 p.m.

Key Components: 

  • School starts at 8:30 a.m. daily
  • Similar to the current schedule, each class meets four (4) times per week.
  • Similar to the current schedule, 6th and 7th periods are at the end of daily schedules to enable early release for students with unscheduled periods and release times.
  • Each class meets for two 70-minute blocks mid-week, instead of one 90-minute block for each class.
  • Similar to DJUSD’s Elementary and Junior High Schools, students have early release on Wednesdays to allow for teacher collaboration.
  • Extended Time occurs once a week to allow for academic support time, social emotional learning, community building and other site-directed instruction.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why are we changing our secondary bell schedule?
State Law (SB 328) - Pupil Attendance: School Start Time mandated the secondary bell schedule change for schools across California. This new law goes into effect in Fall 2022 and requires secondary schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. four days a week. This necessitates a change in our current bell schedule next fall in order to be compliant with the new law.
Why did the state give school districts so little time to implement a new schedule?
The law initially passed in late 2019, just prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the next year, DJUSD and districts around the nation focused on ensuring that students had access to their education, most of which was delivered virtually. The 2020-21 school year was not the time to create a new 2022-23 bell schedule.
Did you engage your DJUSD parent, staff and student community?
Yes, in the fall 2021, DJUSD administration engaged students, staff and parents/guardians in the schedule evaluation process. The Secondary Schedule Review Committee and DJUSD staff met over 10 times and used surveys of students, families, and staff to eliminate several schedule models from further considerations. The Schedule sequence has already been adjusted based on student and staff feedback.
What are the benefits of Schedule 2?

We believe Schedule 2 is best to create more time for varied instructional strategies and for the social-emotional well-being of students

  • Balance/Pedagogy
    • School will not end later than 3:30 p.m., which is already late compared to regional schools. A later school day would negatively impact the hundreds of students participating in athletics, after-school employment and activities, as well as those students who are responsible for caring for younger siblings.
    • More frequent, shorter block periods are better than seven periods with shorter periods for more days, as they provide teachers with a wider array of activity options.
    • More block days allows for more time in each period for students to connect with their teachers and peers. We know that student connectedness to teachers and peers is important to students' success. We really want to increase connectedness for students at DSHS and Da Vinci High School. The “extended time” is also a response to that need and in both schedules.
    • Each class meets the same number of times per week, but the number of periods per day is more evenly distributed.
    • Stress level and the pace of school has long been a concern for staff, students and parents. Having fewer seven period days per week will help students better manage the workload and stress.

What will be done between now and the start of the next school year?

District and school site staff will continue to collaborate on ways to improve and clarify aspects of the schedule. This includes:

  • Define what will happen during extended time
    • DSHS and DVCA have established working groups composed of students and staff.
  • Work with our partners to determine the effects on elementary start times (Saint James and North Davis Elementary)
  • Work to finalize many logistical items.

Are you reducing instructional minutes?
A class in our 2021-22 schedule meets for 240 minutes per week; a class in 2022-23 will meet 236 minutes per week. The four fewer minutes per class per week have been reallocated for Extended Time. The Extended Time period each week is 38 minutes and is included in the total instructional minutes for the week. In total, instructional minutes are increased by 10 minutes per week from the 2021-22 schedule.
How is this better for students furthest from opportunity?
When students have a sense of belonging and connection to both peers and teachers, they have more academic success. Additional time to ask questions, engage in discussion with peers, and apply learning also supports student efficacy and engagement. The 2022-23 schedule creates the conditions to build those connections and time.
Why can’t we just move the current schedule back 15 minutes?
DJUSD already ends later than other Districts in the region. Ending school at 3:45 p.m. encroaches on work, sports, extracurricular activities and family time.
What is extended time?

The DJUSD “Extended Time” is built into secondary bell schedules once a week to:

  • Provide academic support to students within the school day
  • Provide a scheduled time for intentional community building, SEL lessons, and counseling contact as determined by sites
  • Provide scheduled time for district/site-driven activities such as Youth Truth, matriculation, course planning, etc.

This time may also be used to check in with a teacher about upcoming work or retakes, or to start an assignment or study, but it will also be time that students can speak with counselors about college and career, or to discuss student experiences and thoughts around campus climate or events. DSHS and DVCA have established working groups composed of students and staff.