Nettleton receives waviers to give students more options

Nettleton receives waviers to give students more options

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Nettleton School District received two waivers that will let high school students individualize their schedules.

Act 1240 allows public schools to apply for the two waivers.

Superintendent James Dunivan said the first wavier, called the "seat time" wavier, allows some students to abstain from the required six hours of class time each day.

This wavier lets students participate in different options like junior colleges, college classes, vocational schools, internships and even jobs during the school day.

These options help some students who may not go to college to be more prepared for the next step in life.

"It finally gives us an opportunity to let students who aren't going to college have an opportunity to be trained and maybe even certified by the time they graduate," Dunivan said.

Dunivan said it also helps students decide what career path they want to follow.

The second wavier allows teachers to teach more students per class.

Currently high school teachers are not supposed to have more than 30 students per class a day, but this wavier allows them to teach more.

Dunivan said the goal with this wavier is to have teachers and students participate in Virtual Arkansas courses.

Dunivan said the courses are the future for schools and allow students to take different classes that one school may not offer.

"If we let students take classes online then we could teach an unlimited number of things to kids," Dunivan said.

He said several students have already signed up for German and photography classes, two of which Nettleton does not offer on campus.

Dunivan said there are several benefits to these two waivers including catered schedules, new opportunities and options other than college.

"With those waivers we are able to tailor our school day next year at the high school which will allow for individualized instruction for each student," Dunivan said.

Students and teachers are excited for the new opportunities within the school.

"Obviously there were a lot of questions because there is going to be a lot of change to some of their day but I think they will see it will be changed for the positive," Dunivan said.

Dunivan assures students and parents that the normal school track is also in place for students at Nettleton.

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