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School district changes start times for all schools

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The Forest Hills School District says they are changing their schools' start times.

Superintendent Scot T. Prebles says the board of education unanimously approved the administration recommendation to change the start times during their regular public meeting April 23. 

The district says this change will better support student learning and wellness.

Here's a look at the new school start times that will begin with the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Anderson High School and Turpin High School - Begin at 8 a.m. dismiss at 2:40 p.m.
  • Nagel Middle School - Begin at 8:30 a.m. dismiss at 3:15 p.m.
  • Ayer, Maddux, Mercer, Sherwood, Summit, Wilson Elementary Schools - Begin at 9:15 a.m. dismiss at 3:45 p.m.

Officials say student pick-up and drop-off times from school buses will change along with the change in bell times as well.

The district says they plan to send out detailed information on bus routes and extracurricular activities in an upcoming summer letter.

Prebles said in his letter he's confident the research will result in improved student education experiences.

Dear Forest Hills Parents and Guardians,

During its regular April 23 public meeting, the Forest Hills Board of Education unanimously approved an administrative recommendation to change school start times to better support student learning and wellness.  Therefore, beginning in the 2018-19 school year:

Anderson High School and Turpin High School students will begin school at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 2:40 p.m.

Nagel Middle School students will start school at 8:30 a.m. and dismiss at 3:15 p.m.  

All elementary schools (Ayer, Maddux, Mercer, Sherwood, Summit, Wilson) will begin school at 9:15 a.m. and dismiss at 3:45 p.m.  

In most cases, student pick-up and drop-off times from school buses will change proportionately with the change in bell times.  In an upcoming summer letter, you will receive detailed information on bus routes, as well as extracurricular activities. 

I would like to thank the staff members who worked to thoroughly review Forest Hills’ school day schedule, as well as the practices of other school districts, leading research on the benefits of later middle and high school start times, transportation routes, and community feedback.  I am confident their extensive work will result in continued excellence through improved student educational experiences.  I would also like to thank students, parents, and community members who shared their thoughts and opinions during this process.  I am proud to be a part of a school district in which all members are committed to supporting students.


Scot T. Prebles

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