Currently, elementary schools in the district hold classes from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., while secondary schools hold classes from 8:30 a.m.-4:05 p.m.
Under the new proposal, elementary classes would run from 8:10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., and secondary classes would be held from 7:15 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
NCISD Superintendent Matt Calvert noted parents will have an opportunity to submit feedback through the district’s website before trustees consider the proposal at their Nov. 15 board meeting.
According to Calvert, the proposed changes would add five minutes per day to the elementary school schedule, bringing them even with the secondary school schedule.
Calvert noted the additional minutes for elementary schools would build a three-day cushion into the calendar that could be used to make up for days in which school is canceled due to inclement weather. Calvert also said the measure would provide an additional layer of safety for younger students.
“Our younger kids won’t be waiting outside as early in the morning in the dark for the bus, so we thought that was very important, and then, on the flip side of that, their siblings on the secondary level will be home when those younger kids get home in the afternoon,” Calvert said.
Additionally, Calvert said ending the day earlier for secondary students would prevent them from missing as much class time due to extracurricular activities.
Those who are interested in submitting feedback on the proposed schedule change can do so by clicking here.