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8-23-23 — School Start and End Time Discussions

Aug. 23, 2023 ~ Last year, the district embarked on a multilayered 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.

The district plans to reconvene this conversation around a change to school start and end times this fall. In the coming weeks, parents and staff will receive a survey to provide feedback on new schedule options for the 2024-25 school year. Over the next several months, the district will engage committees at all three levels (early childhood/elementary, middle and high school) comprised of teachers, parents, administrators and certified and classified staff members.

Our goal is to recommend a new 2024-25 start/end time schedule for Board of Education approval by the end of the semester. This would provide the district, our families and our staff with a full semester and summer to make necessary plans and adjustments for the new schedule to roll out in the 2024-25 school year.

As a district, we recognize that any solution to our transportation service challenges will directly impact our students, staff and families. However, we are in a position where tough decisions have to be made. We thank you for your continued engagement in this process and encourage you to watch this video message from Superintendent Dr. Brent Yeager for more information.