Start/End Time - Proposed Changes
JCPS officials are in the early stages of exploring the idea of changing school start and end times for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. District administrators realize the difficulties families face when schedules are changed. Therefore, this decision will not be made without ample opportunity for parent/guardian input.
In order to gather thorough feedback, the district will look to host two community meetings, which will also be live-streamed on the JCPS YouTube channel:
- Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - Lewis and Clark Middle School at 6:00 p.m.
- Thursday, January 31, 2019 - Thomas Jefferson Middle School at 5:00 p.m.
The ideas being explored involve all elementary schools starting at the same time, and all secondary schools starting at the same time, with a one-hour difference between those start times. Current start and times can be found here.
*The exact start and end times have not yet been decided, these are possible examples only.
7:50am - 2:50pm (All Elementary Schools)
8:50am - 3:50pm (All Secondary Schools)
7:50am - 2:50pm (All Secondary Schools)
8:50am - 3:50pm (All Elementary Schools)
Why the Change?
It makes the most sense financially to run all school buses on a "double route." This means a school bus picks up one group of students, takes them to school, and then goes back out to pick up a separate group of students and then take them to their school. A one-hour difference between start times at those schools makes that "double route" possible. A "double route" costs JCPS about $49,000. By comparison, two "single routes" costs JCPS about $88,500.
In addition to allowing JCPS to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, changing the start/end times across the district:
- Allows us to separate elementary and secondary students on buses. Currently, elementary students have to ride with middle and/or high school students on about 10 buses.
- Research shows that older secondary students' learning benefits from a later start time.