Schools’ Start and End Times to Change in 2009-10
Following detailed work, PSD is making slight changes to school start and end times for the 2009-10 school year for several reasons. The minor changes will result in the following benefits:
Reduce student wait times before and after school. Buses will arrive at schools 10 minutes prior to start times, an improvement over the previous arrival times. And, after school wait times will be reduced (some students are currently waiting up to 40 minutes for pick up at some high schools).
§ Create tighter pick up times, increasing safety and decreasing behavior problems.
§ Decrease ride times overall for many students across schools.
§ Accommodate 9th graders attending high schools and 6th graders attending middle schools beginning fall 2009.
§ Create a more efficient system and save money. This change and others will combine to result in approximately $200,000 in annual savings in PSD transportation costs.
PSD acknowledges the changes will result in families and staff needing to adjust their schedules slightly. Some of the changes include:
§ Later elementary school start times: some elementary schools will be starting from 10 to 40 minutes later than present times. No PSD school is starting later than 9:05, whereas in some school districts, elementary schools begin at 9:30 a.m.
§ Earlier start times for some secondary schools: high schools will start from 10 minutes 20 minutes earlier than current start times. In a study of Colorado Front Range school districts, the majority of high schools have earlier start times than the new times set for PSD high schools. This study was used as one source of data to help make decisions regarding PSD school start and end times.
View the new start and end times for the 2009-10 school year.