Beginning and end times at all district schools will change for the 2018-19 school year, due to a new regulation recently adopted by the New York State Board of Regents designed to preserve instructional time and thus, state aid.
In the past, state law required districts to provide a minimum of 180 days of instruction, including up to four superintendent conference days. Districts falling below the 180-day minimum would lose a portion of state aid for each day missed, even if school was in session for a few hours on a particular “missed day.”
While districts still must provide 180 days of instruction per year, the new regulations also require districts to count minutes of instruction towards daily totals, in order to reach an end-of-year minimum total minutes of instruction.
To accommodate these new regulations, the district needed to extend the middle and high school instructional day to 2:15 p.m., which is 10 minutes later than last year’s dismissal times. The start time for both middle and high school remains unchanged, with students expected in the buildings at 7:15a.m. and first period starting at 7:33 a.m.
With this extension impacting bus route times, it was also necessary to shift elementary schedules to ensure that buses have ample time to make their rounds safely and consistently. Drop-off time for all elementary students will now be 9 a.m., with the instructional day beginning at 9:15 a.m., and student dismissal will be at 3:33 p.m. This is a 10-minute shift as well.
The new schedule is as follows:
Arrival: 7:15 a.m.
Start: 7:33 a.m.
Dismissal: 2:15 p.m.
Start: 9:15 a.m. (drop-off begins at 9 a.m.)
Dismissal: 3:33 p.m.
On one hour delays, these times will be one hour later. On two hour delays, these times will be two hours later.
The flex day schedule will be:
Arrival: 10:45 a.m.
Start: 10:52 a.m.
Dismissal: 3:30 p.m.
Arrival: 12:20 p.m.
Start: 12:25 p.m.
Dismissal: 4:35 p.m.