Easing the burden of the dual credit load

Students who take three dual credit classes get an off period

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Easing the burden of the dual credit load

Students enrolled in dual credit through Collin College have an off period a few times a week.

Students enrolled in dual credit through Collin College have an off period a few times a week.

Stu Mair

Students enrolled in dual credit through Collin College have an off period a few times a week.

Stu Mair

Stu Mair

Students enrolled in dual credit through Collin College have an off period a few times a week.

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Off periods are one of the most coveted “classes” that a student could get in their schedule. Virtually every student wants one, but very few actually get one and the only way it happens is when a student takes multiple dual credit classes.

“Some students with dual credit do get an off period but it’s only when they are taking all 3 dual credit classes and when all three of the classes are scheduled in 2 periods,” counselor Amanda Breeden said. “Students may have an off period but they are still taking 8 classes.”

The off period’s purpose is to keep students from taking nine classes instead of eight.

“There are other students who are taking 3 [dual credit] classes but maybe they have one 2nd period and the other two 7th and 8th so they don’t need an off period because they will still be taking 8 classes,” Breeden said.

There are recommendations as to how the students utilize their off period; however, it is essentially up to them.

“Our recommendation is that they stay on campus and maybe study in the library and work on their dual credit work or they can always come in the counselors office and sit up here,” Breeden said.

Our recommendation is that they stay on campus and maybe study in the library and work on their dual credit work or they can always come in the counselors office and sit up here.”

— Counselor Amanda Breeden

The question that is on everyone’s mind, however, is whether or not students are permitted to leave during their off period.

“Students can leave campus during their dual credit off period opening in their schedule,” Principal Chris Mayfield said. “What we are asking students to do, however, is have their parents sign off that it is okay to leave school on a form and we are making that form right now because that is a change and will send it off so that students will be eligible to leave during that time.”

There are several different options as to how students use their off periods. They might hang out in the library or leave campus for a while. However, some students have their off period in the middle of the day so that limits their options as to what they can do.

“I have mine 5th. I haven’t left [to go off campus] yet, but I probably will,” senior Hannah Field said. “I go to the library and work on homework.”

Some students are lucky enough to have their off period during 8th and essentially have a shortened day.

“Usually I like to go home and either take a nap or use the extra time to get homework done because of all of my AP and dual credit classes,” senior Claire Becker said. “Sometimes though, I run errands for my family or for myself.”

 

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