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Schools want staggered bell schedule input

LC school system administrators are considering staggering bell schedules at the four schools beginning this summer in order to solve multiple transportation and other issues. The proposed change would set the school day for the high and middle schools at 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with the primary and elementary school days running from 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. One issue is a shortage of bus drivers and the new plan would allow for some to drive two routes. The plan would also address a problem with Pre-K and high school age students riding the same bus in some instances. The new plan would limit bus passengers to two class groups: Pre-K through 5th grade and 6th-12th grade. The plan would also allow for the use of fewer buses and leave better equipment for field trips and replacements. Another benefit would be less class time missed by middle and high school athletes and those involved in other extracurriculars due to practices, competitions, etc. Practices would begin earlier and students could get home earlier. Additionally, school drop off and pickup traffic would be more easily managed. Waivers will be available for parents with children in both age groups who want them transported at the same time. LCPS and LCES parents could still drop their kids off early, beginning at 7 a.m. The system is accepting feedback on this issue and will be making a decision in early July. To register your opinion, contact deputy superintendent Cleve Hendrix at 770-358-5891.

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