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Hillsborough proposes starting high school at 8:30 a.m., elementary school at 7:40 a.m.

  • Hillsborough proposes starting high school at 8:30 a.m., elementary school at 7:40 a.m. – – TAMPA — A new plan for public school times in Hillsborough County seeks to ease sleep deprivation for high school students and put magnet programs on more attractive schedules.
  • “The board pushed me to look for more ways to garner input,” superintendent Jeff Eakins said as he unveiled a plan that would flip elementary with high school start times.
  • Eakins also revised his prior thinking on the need for many high school students to be dismissed in time for their part time jobs.
  • Eakins has argued all along that the change was not just about saving $2.7 million a year in making more efficient use of the bus fleet, but about students’ need for a full day of school.
  • That earlier schedule would have started high school at 7:15 a.m. Parents were furious about the times, the late notice, and the secrecy.

TAMPA — A new plan for public school times in Hillsborough County seeks to ease sleep deprivation for high school students and put magnet programs on more attractive schedules.

TAMPA — A new plan for public school times in Hillsborough County seeks to ease sleep deprivation for high school students and put magnet programs on more attractive schedules.

If adopted by the School Board next week, it will save money and cut down on late buses, officials said Tuesday.

And, unlike last year’s rushed effort to change school schedules, it follows months of surveys, emails and face-to-face conversations with students, teachers and parents.

“The board pushed me to look for more ways to garner input,” superintendent Jeff Eakins said as he unveiled a plan that would flip elementary with high school start times.

“We are responding to our community and listening to what you are telling us,” he said.

Under the plan elementary school will run from 7:40 a.m. to 1:55 p.m., high school from 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. and middle school from 9:25 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

Magnet schools will be open from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the elementary grades, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. for middle and high schools.

That’s about an hour later than the current system for magnets, which has buses picking students up as early as 5 a.m. “This may also help more families consider magnet options,” Eakins said.

The changes would take effect at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Parents are advised to check the district website for individual…

Hillsborough proposes starting high school at 8:30 a.m., elementary school at 7:40 a.m.

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