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New School Start Times for 2016-17 School Year

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High School (9-12)

7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Late Start Wednesdays – 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Doors open Monday - Friday at 7:15 a.m.

Middle School (6-8)

8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Late Start Wednesdays – 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Doors open Monday - Friday at 7:30 a.m.

Elementary School (K-5)

9:10 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.
Late Start Wednesdays – 9:40 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Doors open Monday - Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Pre-K

8:15 to 8:45 a.m. drop off (no change) – 2:20 to 2:50 p.m. pick up (no change)
Late Start Wednesdays – 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. drop off - 2:20 to 2:50 p.m. pick up


Problem
Broken Arrow Public Schools’ student population is growing at a rate of 3% each year. More than 60% of the district’s students ride buses and the growing population will only increase the challenges the district currently faces in transporting over 11,000 students. With only one start time for elementary schools and another for middle and high schools, it has become nearly impossible for bus drivers to cover the 115 square mile district without lengthy travel and wait times for students.

Currently, nearly 1,600 students must be dropped off each morning more than 30 minutes before school begins and almost 1,800 students are being forced to wait more than 30 minutes after school for their bus to take them home, with many waiting nearly an hour after school is dismissed. Additionally, the average route time for a student is 48 minutes and many students travel almost 60 minutes both to and from school. This means many students must spend 1.5 – 2 hours each day on a bus. This is clearly not what is best for students and a change was needed.

Process
In the fall of 2014, the district formed an Instructional Time Task Force, which was comprised of different stakeholders including teachers, parents and district staff.  This task force was commissioned to find ways to improve our transportation times without a major disruption. Members evaluated how changing start times could resolve transportation issues as well as provide teachers with dedicated time to improve student outcomes. Stakeholders were surveyed in February 2015 to determine preferences and how possible changes would impact parents, students, teachers and staff.

Solution
In March 2016, the BAPS Board of Education approved a recommendation from the task force that the district move from its current two bell system to three different start times for elementary, middle and high school campuses. This change will allow our transportation department sufficient time to get students to school and back home in a timely and safe manner, reducing the average route by 13 minutes and drastically improving wait times after school.

Earlier this year, the board also approved plans for embedded collaboration time for teachers in the school week. Documented research has shown that there is a strong correlation between teacher collaboration and student achievement, and embedded collaboration is the number one most effective strategy for improving student performance. This new format, known as Late Start Wednesdays, will change the start time for students at all school sites to 30 minutes later on Wednesdays only.

Parents received information regarding these changes by mail in late March. For additional information about how these changes impact your child, please contact the principal at your student’s school. Click here for a list of frequently asked questions regarding these changes.