What are the key challenges of the new start times?
We know that while there are a number of benefits, any change like this is going to have numerous challenging impacts on our community.
Domino effect on schedules community-wide
The biggest challenge this change poses is the impact changing school schedules will have on the schedules of our students’ parents and siblings, and our community partners.
We are mindful of the impact this change will have on those organizations that offer childcare to younger siblings and before- and after-school care for our students. We know these organizations have usually set their work hours based on ours and their employees and operations will be impacted.
We understand the shifting of the hours will also impact a number of our partners and neighboring school districts who support after-school activities ranging from sports to tutoring.
Impact on the time allotted for breakfast at school
Another challenge we have considered is that the new start times may reduce the time students have for eating breakfast after arriving at school. While this will likely look different at different schools, each school is working on a plan that will ensure our students still have access to a free breakfast and time to eat it.
Elementary students will be catching the bus earlier
While start times for elementary schools are approximately 30 minutes earlier, we are only adjusting bus times for elementary students by about 15 minutes and also adjusting how we offer our breakfast service in an effort to reduce this scheduling change impact.