Start times will not differ after survey reveals parents against change


photo or infographic by Gracie Brumlow

NO CHANGES. After a parent survey, the bell schedule will not change next year.

The school board has officially announced that time will remain the same for every campus next year. The secondary schools will go from 7:30 p.m. to 3:05 p.m., the elementary from 8:35 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. and the pre-k from 8:25 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.

One Jan. 23, an email survey concerning the possibility of introducing new start and end times for the high school was sent to parents and teachers. The results showed a 73.6% of parents were against the change for a multitude of reasons. 

“I hated the later times mainly because a lot of parents depend on high schoolers to pick up their elementary kids from the bus stop cause they get out earlier,” junior Samantha Sullivan said. “If we change that time, the little kids won’t have anyone to pick them up, so they’d get off of the bus alone. Parents have to work, so they can’t get off work to do that. Also, any after-school activity, like football, would end at 10, and I’m sure everyone would hate that”

Students had their opinions on the idea of the new changes. Though some were very excited about the later start times and the possibility of having more time on their hands, seeing  the end times threw that out the window. 

“At first I had only heard the beginning time, I was like ‘oh, that’s cool,’ but then I heard the end time and it was just ‘no,’” sophomore Ava Foster said. “Cause then that really interferes with everything, so I did not like that. I’m definitely relieved, I’m not staying in school until 4:20 p.m.” 

The majority of students in the middle schools and high school have extracurricular activities or jobs after school hours, which typically end anywhere from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., but the late ending time would create a massive change for those activities, as well as after-school jobs. 

“First of all, any activities after school, school related or not, they would just get so much later and it’d be harder to deal with,” junior AnnaBell Dahlberg. “Plus, for anyone who has a job, trying to schedule those hours becomes almost impossible, and all of a sudden you’re at work until 11, or you’re only working weekends, which for some of us just isn’t feasible with having to pay for a car, college, all of those thing coming up.”

In general, the parents and students in the district just did not take to the new idea. In the public mind, it all seems like unnecessary changes that would provide more stress for daily life. 

“I never wanted the new start times, I don’t like changes,” sophomore Tripp Henniger said. “If we change into a later end, people have work, which has a set schedule, so then they have that later and have to be home later, and then they still have other chores, homework, it’s probably going to cause more stress than how it already is now. This way they can still go to bed at decent times instead of super sleep deprived.”