School-Based Options for 2017-18

  • School Based Options (SBO) is a provision in the BTU contract that enables schools to modify the school year, school week, school day, and the available prep time for teachers. Schools might want to submit an SBO proposal in order to move PD days around, for example, or to create a monthly half-day PD time for teachers.

    Documents for the 2017-2018 School Based Options proposal process are now available. Documents linked here are two required templates (a narrative template and a calendar spreadsheet template), and an SBO Guidance document  that explains the process. Proposals will be accepted through eForms using the required templates from February 13 – March 6, 2017.

    There will be help sessions at central office at the following times in room 316 at Central Office. Please RSVP to dpolson@bcps.k12.md.us: 
    •    Morning session: 2/17/17, 9-10 am
    •    After-school session: 2/22/17, 4-5 pm 
    •    Lunchtime session: 2/24/17, 12-1 pm

    The SBO proposals will be reviewed. If approved by City Schools and the Union, you will receive a message directing you to take a vote, within 14 days of that notification. All teachers and other impacted staff must have an opportunity to participate in the vote and the vote must receive 80% approval. Once the vote happens, the principal and school rep must record the results in the eform. Please note that your SBO has not been approved until you receive a letter from the CAO indicating all other conditions and approvals have been met.

    Please contact Dana Polson in the Office of New Initiatives with any questions or for help with the documents or process. Email: dpolson@bcps.k12.md.us or phone 443-642-4330