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FVL to Add Late Starts for Teacher Professional Development

Beginning in fall of 2023, FVL will incorporate late starts most Wednesdays to provide time for teacher professional development. Classes will begin at 8:30 AM instead of the normal time of 7:55. Commons will be open to study, eat breakfast, and wait until the academic wing doors open.

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How often will the late starts occur?

Each Wednesday throughout the school year that FVL would otherwise have in-person classes, we will incorporate the 8:30 AM late start. All of the late starts are included in our online calendar and posted on the FVL website (

Will Commons still be open before school if I drop my student off early?

Yes! Commons will continue to be available daily for students to study, eat breakfast, and wait until the academic wing doors open at 8:10 AM. The school office will open daily at 7:00 AM.

Which FVL bus routes will accommodate the late starts?

The Green Bay and New London bus routes will be able to provide a later pick-up and drop-off on the late start days. Watch for information from those routes about specific changes.

Hortonville, Kaukauna, Oshkosh/Neenah/Menasha, and Appleton will not be able to adjust their routes for 2023-2024 due to commitments with other school districts. Students will be dropped off at their normal times and must wait in Commons until the academic wing doors open at 8:10 AM.

How do the late starts impact student instructional time?

With minor adjustments to our daily schedules that incorporate the late starts, instructional time will be reduced by only 30 minutes total per class per semester. By contrast, these changes will provide over 22 hours of new professional development time for teachers.

What will teachers do during their professional development time?

FVL is moving to a new Professional Learning Community (PLC) model designed to allow teachers to collaborate specifically on student learning. Teachers will engage weekly in conversations about student learning goals, how to measure their progress, and how to strengthen student learning. Increased collaboration will also foster a team-based approach to learning and instruction as teachers work to support each other as they serve students and their families.

Will the late starts be a permanent change to the school schedule?

FVL is committed to supporting teacher professional development in support of strengthening student learning by providing quality time for teacher collaboration. The new late start schedule and PLC meeting schedule will be evaluated over the course of the school year to determine whether to continue with this format for the long term.

Contact Principal Nolte with any questions

Mr. Alan Nolte

Mr. Alan Nolte