To make a Rotating Schedule flexible, you could take a few minutes from each period or block to create a flex period, as in other examples. Or, you could assign one of the periods as the flex period. In the schedule example below, the flex period occurs at the same time after lunch every day, while the other classes continue their rotation. This would result in each class meeting for a total of 3 times per week, with a double flex period on the 5th rotation day (it would be: 5th period, 6th period, 7th period, 8th period, lunch, flex (2 periods, 120 minutes).
There are other ways to split up the periods if you want classes to meet more frequently during the week. Some staff members may be concerned that a schedule like this wouldn’t give them enough time to spend with their students. However, consider this: by adding a 60 minute daily flex period, students can get help and enrichment where they need it most. If a high school student is struggling in Algebra, but not Chemistry, meeting 3x a week for Chemistry wouldn’t be an issue. They could then use their flex period to meet up with their Algebra teacher to get the help they need. Flex periods can also be used to meet with school counselors, or engage in a passion project.
This type of schedule, with a generous flex period, can also specifically help high school students because it helps them learn how to manage their time, balance their priorities, and ask for help. In many ways, it can prepare them for skills they will need after high school.