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HISD Changing School Hours for 2018-19

Elementary kids will all start school at 7:30 AM each morning and end their school-day at 2:50 PM. For middle and high school children, the day will start at 8:30 AM, and end at 3:50 PM

In December News 88.7 reported on the push to change the school start times for teenagers. Now the Houston Independent School District is shifting when the school bell rings.

 

Elementary kids will all start school at 7:30 AM each morning and end their school-day at 2:50 PM. For middle and high school children, the day will start at 8:30 AM, and end at 3:50 PM.

According to HISD Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby, that’s a huge change from the current schedule. “Having 67 different start times, which are the most in the state, and right up there with top in the nation, it’s a little hard to be efficient,” Busby says.

Because of what the school district called “site-based management” HISD principals use to choose when their schools started and ended classes, but with the change Busby says the district will save a lot of money by streamlining bus schedules. “You won’t to run as many buses, and you won’t have as many routes that you have to fill from elementary to secondary [schools],” he says.

In December Laura Isensee spoke with U-T Medical Branch Doctor Sara Nowakowski, who says early classes aren’t good for teenagers. “Empirical studies show it impacts academic performance. It will impact athletic performance.”

Parents polling on start times according to HISD

Busby says HISD was aware of the studies, but says it was the vote of over 17,000 respondents to an online survey that ultimately swayed their decision. He adds that teenager responsibilities were also a factor in determining the schedule. “We didn’t take into account the various amount of drivers that were students.  That actually drop younger siblings, younger family members or just students of elementary campuses.”

The new schedule begins with the 2018-19 school year.

 

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