Charlottesville School Board Changes School Start Times

By: Ruth Morton Email
By: Ruth Morton Email

May 1, 2014

Some Charlottesville students will get to go to school a littler later and some will have to get there a little earlier when they return to school this August.

The Charlottesville School Board voted unanimously to change school start times on Thursday night. Elementary students will start a half hour earlier and grades 5-8 start classes a half hour later.

Research showing more sleep may help adolescents be more alert and achieve more academic success led to the decision

"The best thing looking at the research by starting our middle school grades later. It makes a difference on discipline, on grades, on behavior. There's research that indicates they're safer, fewer accidents. So, I think that we can't just ignore that and stay where we are," said said school board member Ned Michie during the meeting.

The schools and school board had listened feedback from parents in various ways, including at a previous meeting in March.

"I felt very torn hearing stories from middle school parents and elementary school parents and I just want to acknowledge that I think we as a board have done our best to make this be the most suitable for all families involved," said school board member Colette Blount.

"Even though it's just a half an hour, there will be some painful adjustments that need to be made," said Michie. "But once they're made, I think parents can adjust to these things...And I don't mean to minimize that, but it is something that we, as humans, will adjust to."

The schedule changes will not change the schools' budget.

Bus drivers will follow this new schedule when schools start back up this August 2014.

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