Transportation savings will be realized through tiered bus runs, allowing an hour between the start times of elementary schools and middle schools to maximize utilization of a smaller fleet of yellow buses. The recommendation for such a structure was derived from a transportation study commissioned by the Providence School Board and conducted by Management Partnership Services, Inc. of Rockville. Md. earlier this year.
The bell time schedule also allows for early dismissal (or late arrival at some high schools) one day per week across all grade levels, making way for teachers common planning time while maintaining instruction time through four slightly longer school days. Common planning time is used for such activities as coordination within and across subject areas, monitoring progress for individual students, and looking at data to identify strategies for improvements.
New schedules are as follows:
" Elementary school schedule changes generally add 5 minutes at the start of the day, and 16 minutes at the end of the day, Monday through Thursday. Fridays then have a dismissal time 80 minutes earlier. A few elementary schools have more substantial changes to start and end times, so parents should check the schedule for their childs school carefully.
" Middle schools will start at 8:00 a.m. All will end at 2:45 Monday through Thursday, and dismiss at 1:20 on Fridays.
" High schools will start at 8:00 a.m. and end a standard day at 2:45 p.m., except PCTA, which will remain on its 7:30 to 3:30 day. Each will then have either an early dismissal Friday (1:20 for Alvarez, E-Cubed and Hope; 12:30 for PCTA) or a late start (9:25) Wednesday (Mt. Pleasant, Sanchez, Central, Classical).
A full schedule is available on our Web site at www.providenceschools.org/belltimes.
The district will work with its current before- and after-school enrichment and care providers to ensure an easy transition for students and families.