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:

    Community Discussions

    • 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

    Example Schedules*

    *The exact start and end times have not yet been decided, these are possible examples only.

    Option #1
    7:50am - 2:50pm (All Elementary Schools)
    8:50am - 3:50pm (All Secondary Schools)

    Option #2
    7:50am - 2:50pm (All Secondary Schools)
    8:50am - 3:50pm (All Elementary Schools)

    Why the Change? 

    COST
    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. 

    OTHER PROS
    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.  

    Click here to view the start and end time change presentation made to the Board of Education and staff members by CFO/COO Jason Hoffman.