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Philly gained’t transfer excessive faculties’ begin time

Philadelphia has reversed its determination earlier this yr to transfer the beginning time for prime faculties  to 9 a.m. subsequent faculty yr, citing the necessity for “stability” and a scarcity of bus drivers.

“Our preliminary plan for the 2022-2023 faculty yr was for all 56 District excessive faculties and center/excessive faculties to shift to a 9 a.m. bell schedule,” Superintendent William Hite wrote in a Wednesday letter to college students, mother and father, and workers. “Nonetheless, like faculty districts throughout the nation, we proceed to wrestle with ongoing bus driver shortages, and are unable to equitably assist the shift for all 56 faculties.”

The district introduced in March that it could transfer the beginning time for prime faculties to 9 a.m. within the upcoming yr. The change would have meant a later begin time by as a lot as 90 minutes at some faculties. 

In explaining the reversal, Hite mentioned that faculty communities “are nonetheless working exhausting to reclaim a way of familiarity and stability” as a result of prolonged faculty constructing closures throughout an “ever-changing” pandemic” and are coping with “many different traumas regionally, nationally and globally. Suspending this alteration in bell schedules is the caring factor to do presently.”

Analysis from the American Academy of Pediatrics displaying that youngsters specifically profit from extra sleep was a key issue within the district’s push to maneuver again the beginning of faculty days at excessive faculties. The district additionally mentioned in March that the change would make it safer for college students touring to and from faculties.

In his Wednesday letter, Hite mentioned that district leaders “stay totally dedicated to our final aim of shifting all of our excessive faculties and center/excessive faculties to start out occasions” that match the academy’s findings and suggestions.” 

As well as, making begin occasions extra uniform would scale back the period of time that college students spend on buses.

Nonetheless, pushing again the beginning time for prime faculties  would have prolonged the college day till 4 p.m., resulting in later begin occasions for sports activities and different extracurricular actions. As well as, the transfer would have affected college students who’ve after-school jobs. Finally, extra college students would have needed to journey residence after darkish.

As for the bus driver scarcity, Hite mentioned that the issue is nationwide and due partially to the pandemic.

Hite mentioned the district’s aim is to shift these faculties to later begin occasions for the 2023-24 faculty yr. Nonetheless, Hite is resigning from his place subsequent month, when Tony Watlington is because of take over because the district’s superintendent.

The beginning time of 9 a.m. would have gone into impact for all however 4 district excessive faculties subsequent yr.

In 2021, the district had moved to standardize what was then greater than 40 totally different begin occasions for its 219 faculties to a few: 7:30 a.m., 8:15 a.m., and 9 a.m. Because of this, many highschool begin occasions had been moved as much as 7:30 a.m.

Dale Mezzacappa is a senior author for Chalkbeat Philadelphia, the place she covers Okay-12 faculties and early childhood training in Philadelphia. Contact Dale at



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