Bell Schedule for 2024-25

  • chart showing new school start and end timesThe bell schedule for 2024-25 will be:

    • High school and Prairie Learning Center, 7:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m.
    • Middle school and Heartland Early Childhood Center, 8:20 a.m.-3:20 p.m.
    • Elementary school and Harmony Early Childhood Center, 8:55 a.m.-3:55 p.m.

    This option is the least disruptive to the overall system, a good long-term solution to address the labor market with financial savings, and our overall survey data from secondary students, staff and parents supported this schedule as the most viable solution.

    The district understands this change will impact every family differently. Approving this new schedule now gives the district, families and staff a full semester and summer to make necessary plans and adjustments before school starts in August 2024. Read answers to frequently asked questions.

    Over the past two school years, Olathe Public Schools embarked on a multi-layered process to study a shift in school start and end times to help provide equal access to educational opportunities for all and address the local and national bus driver shortage. 

    View a comprehensive overview of the work and feedback from the 2022-23 school year.

    View a comprehensive overview of the work and feedback from the 2023-24 school year that led to the decision to change start and end times.

Bell Schedule Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will there be any changes made to before/after school care for elementary school students?

  • What times will JCPRD be available for before and after school care?

  • Will the interventions put in place for the 2023-24 school year be removed?

  • Will bus transportation be made available for students who live less than 2.5 miles from school?

  • Why is the high school’s schedule shifting to 7:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.?

  • How will before- and after-school extracurriculars, activities and athletics be impacted?

  • Would changing school start/end times for a three-tier bus system impact staff contract time?

Message from JCPRD about Childcare Programming - February 2024

  • As Olathe Public Schools gears up for the 2024-25 school year, there are a lot of questions about what the changes will look like. Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) wants to share some of their efforts to help Olathe families with their childcare needs.

    JCPRD provides before- and after-school programming at all 36 elementary schools. JCPRD is committed to providing families with quality out of school time (OST) programs at an affordable cost. Their staff is dedicated to providing children with what they need: a safe, enriching, fun place to be. As a part of that commitment, JCPRD is increasing program sizes throughout the school district to help more families with childcare needs. The solution to increasing program capacity will not be one single idea but likely a combination of several options that they are currently exploring. The before-school program will still open at 7 a.m., and the after-school program will still close at 6 p.m. Other helpful program details for the 2024-25 school year are available on the JCPRD website.

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is currently updating their licensed childcare facility regulations. One of the proposed changes is to increase the schoolage child-to-staff ratio. JCPRD is working closely with KDHE to stay abreast of program changes that will help with any staffing needs for the coming school year.

    JCPRD is hiring, so if you know of anyone who would like to work in the before and/or after-school program, have them call 913-826-3067 or visit the JCPRD job listings webpage. Next school year, JCPRD is working on new employee perks to attract new staff as well to help expand the programs.