In the spring of 2019, the Core 24 Task Force provided recommendations to the Superintendent addressing the Core 24 requirements. Their conclusion was that adding a seventh period with a 30-minute increase in the high school day was the best option. To minimize the impact on high school students, in consultation with NSEA and community members, the District announced that the 30 additional minutes would be accomplished by adding 15 minutes to the beginning and end of the high school day. This would keep the high school start and dismissal times as close as possible to the times adopted in the spring of 2019.
Because the District has many moving parts and a transportation system that spans 60 square miles, the new afternoon bus pick-up time at high schools is expected to result in later bus pick-up times for many middle and elementary school students. After an expanded review process, the best solution to this challenge is to move the start and dismissal times for most elementary and middle schools by 5 to 10 minutes. Without this adjustment, a significant number of buses would arrive 15 to 20 minutes after school dismissal time, which would require a significant increase in supervision by staff after dismissal. We do understand this will result in a shift for families as well as staff. For a full schedule of start and dismissal times as well as Wednesday early release times, please review the District chart on our Start & Dismissal Times page.
Over the year the District will be working aggressively to make steps towards start times and transportation schedules that are the most beneficial for our learners. Administrators will do a mid-year review to determine if any adjustments can be made at that time. The District has also contracted with a transportation consulting company to investigate both short-term and long-term opportunities for improvements to our transportation systems. In the fall of 2020, the District is working toward several changes that will contribute to transportation improvements, including the opening of Elementary #21 and the Skyview/Canyon Creek, regionalized Elementary Advanced Placement (EAP) and elementary music in the regular school day.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work together through these difficult logistical issues.