High School Hours

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BDA

Deer Park, TX

#1 Mar 11, 2008
Attended a school function last night. It is under consideration of changing the High School hours to 9am-4pm. The thought process behind this change is most teenagers function the best late morning than early according to studies. It will also help in preventing tardies.

I am not sure about this change. The biggest impact would be on the students that are in the work program. Along with any students that must stay after school for practices etc. etc. They will now dismiss at around 6pm instead of 4pm or 5pm. Also it would not matter what time you start kids will be tardy. I would think starting earlier at least more parents would be home to make sure their kids are up.

Your thoughts?
DeerParkGal

Houston, TX

#2 Mar 11, 2008
BDA wrote:
Attended a school function last night. It is under consideration of changing the High School hours to 9am-4pm. The thought process behind this change is most teenagers function the best late morning than early according to studies. It will also help in preventing tardies.
I am not sure about this change. The biggest impact would be on the students that are in the work program. Along with any students that must stay after school for practices etc. etc. They will now dismiss at around 6pm instead of 4pm or 5pm. Also it would not matter what time you start kids will be tardy. I would think starting earlier at least more parents would be home to make sure their kids are up.
Your thoughts?
I have a high school student and that time change wouldn't bother me personally.......However, my work schedule is flexible so I could deal with the time difference. If I had to be at work earlier, I would not like it. I drive my child to school so if I had to be at work at 8, there would be a conflict. Mine is not in any after school programs so the late dismissal doesn't apply to us. I think they may get a little flack over this one......most people I am assuming are at work by 8........
DeerParkGal

Houston, TX

#3 Mar 11, 2008
BDA wrote:
Attended a school function last night. It is under consideration of changing the High School hours to 9am-4pm. The thought process behind this change is most teenagers function the best late morning than early according to studies. It will also help in preventing tardies.
I am not sure about this change. The biggest impact would be on the students that are in the work program. Along with any students that must stay after school for practices etc. etc. They will now dismiss at around 6pm instead of 4pm or 5pm. Also it would not matter what time you start kids will be tardy. I would think starting earlier at least more parents would be home to make sure their kids are up.
Your thoughts?
I forgot about tardies. In my case, my kids are tardy because of me!!! Sometimes I have a hard time getting motivated in the morning.........I know - I'm a terrible mother !! It doesn't happen often, but usually I'm the bad one...... So it probably doesn't matter what time they move the schedule to....if you have a problem being late, you'll always be late, no matter what time it is.....
lac

Pearland, TX

#4 Mar 30, 2008
ok, i go to school and we start at 7:55am and end at 3:35pm. 9am-4pm would not be a bad schedule.. at least be happy that they get to sleep in til 8 or 8:30.
john

United States

#5 Apr 28, 2008
once the hours are implied more students will seize the oppurtunity in skipping school. If you thought it was bad enough now... imagine when they wake up later than usual... they probably wont wake up... how about the students that have jobs? and after school activities that the school holds... i know track already ends at 10 or 11-ish...
pop

United States

#6 May 12, 2008
Tonight is the night they will vote on High School Reform. I believe it will pass.
dpmom

Baytown, TX

#7 May 12, 2008
pop wrote:
Tonight is the night they will vote on High School Reform. I believe it will pass.
Where does the voting take place?
pop

United States

#8 May 12, 2008
dpmom wrote:
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Where does the voting take place?
Administration Bldg. on Ivy
MsBehavin

Pasadena, TX

#9 May 12, 2008
Thank goodness all of mine have graduated but if the start time had been moved to 9:00 am mine may not have made it. It really was up to ME to get them up and out the door. And by 7:00 AM I am on the road to work. Teens are for the most part NOT early risers (I had 1 out of 4 that got up easily) and I'm afraid many will just not get up at all without parental "prodding".
Annuit Coeptis

Deer Park, TX

#10 May 13, 2008
I attending the meetings where this time change was discussed over the past few weeks. It really isn't a time change as much as it is building flexibility into the schedule. Kids can still go to school early in the morning by taking a zero period flex class - same time as period 1 right now. After much debate, the Board of Trustees passed the recommendation from Supt Arnold Adair by a 7-0 vote. Trustees expressed their appreciation to all who had spoken up and voiced their opinions over the past month on this issue. All told, only about 15 people spoke against the modification to the schedule, many of them residing in the same household. So the opposition was hardly a groundswell of public opinion.
sds

United States

#11 May 13, 2008
Annuit Coeptis wrote:
I attending the meetings where this time change was discussed over the past few weeks. It really isn't a time change as much as it is building flexibility into the schedule. Kids can still go to school early in the morning by taking a zero period flex class - same time as period 1 right now. After much debate, the Board of Trustees passed the recommendation from Supt Arnold Adair by a 7-0 vote. Trustees expressed their appreciation to all who had spoken up and voiced their opinions over the past month on this issue. All told, only about 15 people spoke against the modification to the schedule, many of them residing in the same household. So the opposition was hardly a groundswell of public opinion.
So what is the time change? What hours will the students in high school be going? I have a high school student, but the time change doesn't bother me one way or the other-that is why I did not attend any of the hearings. Please let us know.
pop

United States

#12 May 13, 2008
sds wrote:
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So what is the time change? What hours will the students in high school be going? I have a high school student, but the time change doesn't bother me one way or the other-that is why I did not attend any of the hearings. Please let us know.
SDS I did not go to last nights meeting but I went to the previous one and the way they proposed the schedule will be as follows.

7:45 - 8:40 Flex period
3:50 - 4:45 Flex period
Students may do both flex periods, pick one or of course if they don't need extra time then they don't have to attend these flex periods.

8:45 - 3:45 Normal Start and End Time
I believe Wed. they already go in late and I really don't know what will happen on that day now that the new schedule will be introduced next fall.

The Elemenatry schools will start at 7:45 (which conflicts with the early flex period at the high school)
Junior High schools will start at 8:15.
I'm sure we will receive something from the schools concerning this very soon.
sds

United States

#13 May 13, 2008
Thanks pop! I'm sure the schools will be sending home something.
Mom

United States

#14 May 14, 2008
Had I received a letter in the mail about the meeting I would have attended. The time change, in my opinion, is not a good idea. I, along with my husband, do work and the time change will make it even more difficult to get my child to school. I dont believe that they took any of this into consideration with deciding this. Some of us do not have the option of riding a bus.

They can send home a note about taking classes on-line, but they cant send in the mail a note about the meeting so that more people could voice their opinion. I dont believe that they wanted any opinions!!!!!!
sds

United States

#15 May 14, 2008
Usually the time change would not affect me since I have flexible hours at work. I would imagine that parents who have to be to work by 8 would have a problem with this. I think people should email or write the district with their complaints. If enough people complain perhaps their decision will reversed. I did not receive any letter about meeting or hearing.

Since: May 08

Pasadena, TX

#16 May 15, 2008
You folks need to get the facts on this high school time change. I have been to each of the meetings where this was discussed, and my underatanding is that kids can still go to school at 730 or 745 am next year. The difference is that the early flex class is not part of the mandatory attendance day - it's optional. It's not really a time change so much as it is added flexibility to the existing schedule. Go see Victor White or Ronda Kouba for the straight story on this.
sds

United States

#17 May 15, 2008
Annuit Coeptis wrote:
You folks need to get the facts on this high school time change. I have been to each of the meetings where this was discussed, and my underatanding is that kids can still go to school at 730 or 745 am next year. The difference is that the early flex class is not part of the mandatory attendance day - it's optional. It's not really a time change so much as it is added flexibility to the existing schedule. Go see Victor White or Ronda Kouba for the straight story on this.
Good suggestion. I'm sure we will be getting some sort of correspondence on all of this.
teshawn

Deerfield, WI

#18 Dec 2, 2008
i think that the school hours should be changed.. whoever disagrees with me can go shove it and stick it in there pipe. because i am student and it effin sucks.. so f ya
jim

United States

#19 Dec 5, 2008
High Schoolers always looked forward to getting out that early in the day when it was 2:25
niqkole-aundrea- -

Tuba City, AZ

#20 Dec 11, 2008
i would like for the school hours to change because.......... it gives me a better benefit of getting to school and.......... getting my work done with the rest i need..........

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