There were some in the group who saw this best as a glorified study hall. Students would have free time to work on assignments, decompress, or maybe meet with teachers as needed. Others saw this as a mandatory remediation time: all students with good grades would get free time, but those with bad grades would have forced tutoring sessions. Some saw this as a regular thing with all teacher seeing the same teacher and the same group roughly everyday, while others felt it should be a different adventure each day...perhaps a five or even ten day rotation. Naturally it's gotten confusing.
While I'm sure a consensus will be reached, I feel like many of these teachers still relish the complicated nature of this process. They want this to be a utopian working period which offers infinite options to all 1400 kids...which in turn requires an incredible amount of planning and resources on the teachers. While we might just get there someday, I think we're forgetting the first part of this task: salesmanship. Selling this new schedule and making it work fully only works if everyone is on board...something not easily accomplished with a massive shock to the system.
As the details get ironed out by the end of the month, I'm curious to see which side wins out. I respect those who are dreaming big, but that's usually only works if an individual is motivated. If you want to sell the group, it's important to be user friendly.