Beginning this fall, students at Palombi Middle School will start and end their day 10 minutes earlier. Students at Hooper Elementary will start and end their day 15 minutes later. This is due to significant and on-going delays with transporting students.
Numerous factors went into this decision. We received 500 survey responses and over 100 comments. Many valid points were raised for us to consider including the possibility of finding a way to offer childcare. At this point in time, the tier structure will remain the same, but we will add time to each tier. Palombi will remain on the last tier. Not only was this the most popular choice on the survey, but we believe it would be disruptive for our 7th and 8th graders to be on a later schedule then have to adjust in 9th grade given the reality that all three of our high school districts also start early. This can always be revisited if the high schools change.
Student Start Times for 2019/20
Palombi – 7:32 AM – 2:17 PM
Martin/Thompson – 8:15 AM – 2:55 PM (no change)
Hooper – 9:00 AM – 3:40 PM
We sincerely appreciate the tremendous response to our district survey. 79% of our respondents were parents. 43% of all respondents agreed with changing start times. 37.5% did not want to see any change and 19.5% had no opinion.
50% of all respondents wanted Palombi to remain as is on the early delivery tier. 24% of all respondents wanted Palombi moved to the middle tier and 29.4% of all respondents wanted Palombi moved to the last tier.
In addition, 67% of the Palombi parents and staff wanted Palombi to stay in the early tier. Results from Hooper were much more even. 31% of Hooper parents and staff wanted Hooper to move to the early tier and another 31% preferred Hooper be moved to the middle tier. 38% of Hooper parents and staff wanted Hooper to remain as is on the last tier.
Start Time FAQ for blog (1) (Background information on the bussing issues)