Some changes are being proposed for Wake County school bell schedules for this fall but it doesn't like shifting high schools to a later time is one of them.
As noted in today's article, staff revised the proposal Tuesday to reduce the number of schools that would see shifts for this fall. But the plan leaves in place proposed changes that would move more high schools 40 minutes earlier to a 7:25 a.m. start time.
Staff said that talk about starting high schools later and elementary schools earlier needs more review before it can be implemented. Click here for the staff presentation.
Staff offered a preliminary analysis on Tuesday, including issues that would have to be addressed in any major change.
Staff noted the benefits of later start times for high school students, including academic performance and less unsupervised time afterschool.
But Deputy Superintendent Cathy Moore said there's a lack of research showing that starting school earlier helps elementary students.
In terms of potential cons, staff said the change could impact childcare costs as older siblings wouldn't be able to provide afterschool care. There are issues with teens driving in traffic and impact on extracurricular activities.
Not all high schools have fields with lights. Staff said that those that do have lights often are part of joint community use with cities and towns. Those use deals would have to be renegotiated.
Staff also listed a potential schedule that might not make parents of younger students happy.
In starting high schools on a late tier, staff said elementary schools might have to switch to a 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. schedule. This means buses might pick up non-magnet students at 6:30 a.m. and magnet and non-base students at 5:45 a.m.
High schools could operate from 9:25 a.m. to 4:18 p.m.