Information for parents about Monday’s return to school and updated start times
First of all, thank you for your incredible support during the past few weeks. I know being out of school caused a number of hardships, but we are so grateful for your help as our teachers advocated for more funding for public education.
We have made incredible progress, and our mission will continue as we return to school Monday.
Starting Monday, we will add 30 minutes to each remaining school day, 15 minutes before school and 15 minutes after school. This will make our last day of school for the year Wednesday, May 30. Late Start Wednesdays have been suspended for the year, so each day will start at the same time.
You may have seen communication about adding 45 minutes to each day and ending school one day earlier. After discussing with our teachers and administrators, we felt 45 minutes was just too long to add to the school day for some of our youngest Tigers.
We felt this plan was the best way to meet our goal of finishing school before the end of May.
Here are the new school times for the remainder of the year:
- Pre-K: 8 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
- Elementary School: 8:55 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
- Middle School: 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- High School/BAFA: 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
- Options Academy: 7:40 a.m. to 2:32 p.m.
Bus route times will be moved up 15 minutes to match the adjusted start times. You can find more information about bus routes at www.baschools.org/transportation.
Breakfast will move up 15 minutes to match the adjusted start times, but lunch times will remain the same. Your child’s principal is working to determine how the changes will affect the daily period schedule.
We are confident that all students will be able to complete the required state testing during the provided window. Your school site will have more information about the adjusted schedules, but you can rest assured that no testing will take place on Monday as we transition back to school from extended time away.
Many parents have asked what they can do to help as we continue to advocate. The easiest yet most important thing you can do is make sure you are registered to vote.
You can get all the registration information online and either mail in the signed form or drop it off at a tag agency. This link has everything you need to get started: https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Register_to_Vote/
Primary elections for state representatives and senators will be held on Tuesday, June 26. Runoffs, if no candidate earns a majority of the vote, will be on Aug. 28, and the general election will be Nov. 6.
I would encourage you to do your homework on the candidates running for office in your district. Most candidates will say they support education. The best ways to verify that are by checking their voting records or past support of public education. You can find voting results for every bill on the websites for the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Oklahoma Senate.
Thank you for your patience as we work through an unprecedented situation. Our teachers and staff are so excited to welcome your child back to school on Monday morning.
Janet C. Dunlop, Ph. D.
Broken Arrow Public Schools