Classes will start 20 minutes later at most of Palm Beach County’s public middle schools next year, the school district has announced.
In an effort to head off school bus problems, the county school district has decided to move the standard middle school start time from 9:10 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
That means that the school day at those schools will end 20 minutes later as well – at 4:05 p.m. instead of 3:45 p.m.
District officials say the changes will give school buses more time to make their middle school drop-offs. Changes to start times at four middle schools at the beginning of this year were blamed for worsening some of the county’s weeks of school bus problems.
“Our buses and drivers are utilized to serve all three school levels, with middle schools in the third tier of bus runs,” the school district said in a news release. “For the majority of middle schools, a 20-minute shift in the school day was required.”
The change is sure to raise the ire of many parents who drive their children to class before going to office jobs.
Mitch Goldberg, whose son will attend Eagles Landing Middle School in Boca Raton next year, said dropping him off at his designated bus stop will be made more difficult by the schedule change.
“I have to be to work by 8:45,” he said. “I cannot put a kid on the bus after 8:30 and make it to work. I feel like the bus issues of this year are being passed on to parents, and that is blatantly unfair.”
The new schedule will affect all but 6 of the county’s district-operated middle schools.
The schools that will continue to have different start times: Bak Middle School of the Arts, Conniston Middle School, Lakeshore Middle School, Okeeheelee Middle School, Pahokee Middle School, and Roosevelt Middle School.
Click here to see the start and end times for all of the county’s public schools.