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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-11-08 03:31 PM
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9. It's dark here then, too.
At least, it is after the time changes in the fall.

In my area, between late November and late January, it's going to be dark at the bus stop no matter what time we start school; being rural, the bus routes are long and being further north, our shortest winter days are SHORT.

I get really tired of school starting times being dictated by bus scheduling. I know it takes more money to run more buses, but I'd like there to be enough to go around so that we could set schedules according to what works best for the actual education of the student.

7:10 is too early.

I think 8:00 or 8:30 is okay, with 9:00 probably better for the adolescent crew, since research on sleep patterns supports that.

My school has a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club; we've given them space for two portables, plus access before and after school to the playground, gym, and cafeteria. A LOT of our kids do before and after school with them, instead of riding the bus. It helps with parents' work schedules.

Some of those kids get dropped off at 6:30 am, which is when their doors open. Some are there until 6pm, which is when they are done for the day.

We're a K-8. It makes for a really long day for some of them. They do get the opportunity to do homework, have snacks, etc., of course.

I wonder if our parents would put small children on a bus that early. I'm betting that parent pressure will make a difference with your school board this year.

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