ACCESS PERIOD FAQ
Q: What is the purpose of ACCESS Period?
A: ACCESS Period allows all students the chance to receive academic support and expand their learning. This instructional time provides allows for academic enrichment, remediation, intervention, and social-emotional learning for students within the school day. During ACCESS, students have the flexibility to meet with teachers and other staff members. It gives all students time to get assistance with challenges, dive deeper into topics of interest, work on group projects, seek help with college and job applications, and much more.
Q: What if I don’t go to ACCESS period?
A: During ACCESS period, all students are required to be in a classroom or other designated space used for ACCESS. All students must be engaged in academic work the entire period. Attendance for ACCESS is mandatory, like attendance for all other classes. Cuts and tardies result in attendance consequences. Missing ACCESS appointments with teachers may also result in lost opportunities to work on assignments, which could impact the student’s grade in the class.
Q: If a teacher or other BHS staff person makes an appointment for me, do I have to go?
Q: How do I know if I have an appointment scheduled for me during ACCESS?
A: Students must regularly check the FlexTime Web App at: https://teachmore.org/benicia/students/
Q: Can I use my phone and/or listen to music/earbuds during ACCESS?
A: Benicia High School’s Electronics Policies apply during ACCESS, just like any other class.
Q: Will I get a grade for ACCESS?
A: Students do not receive a separate grade for ACCESS. Instead, ACCESS provides a chance for students to get support and increase their learning, thus raising their grades in all of their classes.
HOW TO USE ACCESS PERIOD
Q: What should I do if I don’t need help with anything?
A: Students can use ACCESS to study for tests, work on homework or group projects, make up classwork/labs/tests from absences, meet with counselors, work on college or job applications, attend College & Career events, and much more.
Q: What should I do if I forgot my homework?
A: ACCESS is to be used for academic tasks (study for tests, organize your backpack, check PowerSchool, complete missing work, read, etc.). You need to find an academic use to fill the entire period.
Q: Can I work on a group project during ACCESS? Does my whole group have to sign up for the same location?
A: Yes, you can work on group projects in a classroom (with the teacher’s permission). Be sure that all group members sign up for the same location to ensure there is enough space for all of you. It is recommended that your group talk with the teacher ahead of time to plan accordingly.
Q: Can I go to the library during ACCESS?
A: You can go to the library if you have made an appointment with Ms. Segle. The library is for quiet independent work or group work. Please note that students may not drop in to the library; this time cannot be used to check out or return books.
Q: What if I want to use ACCESS to decompress or de-stress?
A: As of Fall 2020, students may schedule a visit to the BHS Wellness Center during ACCESS (space permitting) or request to meet with their Counselor. There may also be wellness activities available to students, such as yoga or mindfulness exercises, available via the FlexTime App.
Q: Can clubs meet during ACCESS?
A: No. ACCESS is an academic class period. Club meetings should be held during lunch or after school.
Q: Can I go to more than one classroom on the same day?
A: No. You may work on tasks for multiple classes, but students can only make one appointment with one teacher/location.
Q: Can I sign up for Physical Education classes during ACCESS?
A: Yes, you can sign up for the Physical Education makeups or other events offered by our Physical Education teachers during ACCESS.
Q: Can I work in a teacher’s classroom if I don’t have that teacher for a class?
A: In general, students should be in the classroom of one of their teachers. Students may work with a teacher they don’t have this year with prior permission from the teacher.
Q: What if I forget to sign up for an appointment in advance?
A: The best way to ensure you get to go where you want to during ACCESS is to sign-up ahead of time (Go To: https://teachmore.org/benicia/students/). If you do not sign up by 8am on the day of the ACCESS period, you will be expected to stay in your assigned ACCESS class.
Q: Can I change an appointment after I have created it?
A: Yes, you can cancel an appointment you have made and then can stay in your assigned ACCESS class or make a new appointment. Students cannot cancel appointments made by their teachers.
Q: Will the FlexTime website (https://teachmore.org/benicia/students/) work on my phone?
A: Yes, the website can be accessed using any web browser on a mobile device or student Chromebook. Please note, it is not a mobile application. You can save the website to your bookmarks.
Q: My teacher signed me up for her class, but I really need to go somewhere else. What should I do?
A: Talk to the teacher who made the appointment. Teachers want to make ACCESS work for you. We will do our best to help you share your time across all your different classes. Students who are failing classes, or in danger of failing, will be assigned to a teacher to work on missing assignments or upcoming assignments until they bring their grade up to passing.