Wake-Up Calls Come Earlier For Some Students

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

August 22, 2005

It's here, the first day of school. Parents in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are getting ready to send their kids off for the first day of school.

The wake-up call for the first day of school always seems to be much earlier than it really is, but students should get used to it because of their new schedules.

To some drivers, it may seem there have been lots of buses, out and about in Charlottesville and Albemarle County already. No need to worry drivers, your mind is not playing tricks on you. Albemarle County schools are starting earlier this year. A high number of students on the 200 buses covering our area go to elementary school, and are the most affected by the earlier start times, and later dismissal times approved last school year.

"We are going to be going to school 10 minutes earlier for our elementary schools, so it will be little earlier pick-up, and we'll be releasing five minutes later for elementary school. Basically, schools starts for elementary at 7:55 and gets out at 2:25," said Dr. Diane Behrens, of Albemarle County Schools.

Students in the county's middle and high schools have a slight change in their schedules, too. However, school leaders say they are pretty much used to them.

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