At last night’s School Board meeting, a transportation services update was shared. A component of the presentation focused on the Division’s current tier start/end times, associated on time rates for bus service, and recommendations for next year. Afternoon on-time rates at our elementary and middle schools this year range from 57-83%.

The Division has also been working to incorporate more common collaboration, learning, and planning time in the contractual calendar for staff.

As a result, student start and end times will shift for the 2022-2023 school year as outlined:

  • Tier 1: High schools – 7:20 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Tier 2: Middle Schools – 8:05 AM – 2:45 PM
  • Tier 3: Elementary (James River & Stonehouse) – 8:55 AM – 3:25 PM
  • Tier 4: Elementary (Clara Byrd Baker, DJ Montague, J. Blaine Blayton, Laurel Lane, Matoaka, Matthew Whaley, and Norge) – 9:35 AM – 4:05 PM

At this time, start and end times for Bright Beginnings students will not change for the 2022-2023 school year.

The adjustment in instructional time will address the need for more collaboration and planning time for staff and will maximize operational efficiencies for transportation. To make this happen, middle and high school students’ instructional day will be shortened slightly. The length of our instructional day, however, is still well within requirements of the VDOE and we’re confident in the rigorous instruction that will continue to be delivered.

Also during the presentation, the concept of creating specific non-transportation zones that are close and in safe proximity to our schools was discussed. This will be considered at the secondary level beginning in 2022-2023, and at the elementary level in 2023-2024. Other ideas discussed for 2023-2024 include looking at a tiered scheduling model for schools that allows for current transportation personnel resources to be better utilized. In the model shared as a possibility for 2023-2024, elementary schools would be scheduled in the initial tier times and secondary schools would follow in the later tier times. As the school division continues to forward map plans for the 23-24 school year, additional details will be shared.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and partnership.