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Bell Times Proposal Changed Slightly: The latest information on the agenda shows that the proposal is now 8:15 am for middle schools, high schools and K-8s and 9:15 am for the K-5 schools. (see Transportation Standards, page 4)
It's interesting to see what was added and what was deleted in this latest version. For example, the following was deleted: "Schools not receiving yellow school bus service may adjust their bus schedules providing they review all time changes with Metro Transit, and the district Transportation Department to avoid service conflicts."
Elementary school days seem to be getting longer by about 15 minutes. Instead of a standard of 9:10 am to 3:10 pm, the new standard is 9:30 am to 3:45 pm. And for elementary students at K-8s, the day will be even longer: 8:15 am to 2:45.
I also find it intriguing that elementary schools start 9:30 am "With individual exceptions to accommodate shared school bus service." Which schools? How big an exception? And will we know before open enrollment ends in 17 days?
It doesn't sound like it. From the PI article Mel posted about today comes the following excerpt:
"District officials said they've been deluged with e-mails and calls on the topic, and they're considering changes to the proposal before the School Board votes on the transportation policy package April 8."The School Board is voting on the policy change after the end of Open Enrollment! How are parents supposed to make decisions about which schools to select for next year?
Food Services Change
A presentation by Don Kennedy is on the agenda about the proposed food services change which would have all meals prepared at a central kitchen and then re-heated at individual schools. However there is currently no additional detail or links to the presentation.