School Board to Consider 2018-19 Schedule Changes

December 15, 2017

The Suffolk School Board at its Dec. 14, 2017 meeting heard suggestions from the Superintendent about changing the school schedule for the 2018-19 school year.  The board will make a decision in conjunction with its vote on the rezoning plan for 2018-19.


If you’d like to comment of this discussion, click here to open a survey form:  https://goo.gl/5J3m69

  • This survey will close Friday, Jan. 19.
  • The School Board will weigh the community input as one of many factors in its decision.

The information below was included in the 12-14-17 presentation to the Board:
Advantages of Proposed Changes to Tiers
  • Current tiers do not allow enough time between high school runs and Elementary A runs
    • (Tiers 2 and 3).
  • New proposal: One (1) hour between tiers which would allow more on-time arrivals.
  • New proposal: Elementary students home earlier in the afternoon.
  • New proposal: High school tier requires fewer drivers; therefore, more drivers will be available for athletic and activity runs.
  • In addition, research shows there are several benefits to later start times for high school students. This includes: increased attendance rates, increased academic performance, decreases in disciplinary action and decreases in student-involved car accidents.  Source:  American Psychological Association
Current Bus Tiers
Tier Schools Bus Arrival Start of School School Dismissal Buses Depart School
T1 FGM, JFK, JYMS, KFMS 7:00 7:25 2:00 2:10
T2 LHS, KFHS, NRHS 8:00 8:25 3:00 3:15
T3 DES, NSE, HPE, MBE, KSE 8:50 9:20 3:35 3:50
T4 PIO, BTW, EFE, OES, CSE, NPE 9:05 9:35 3:50 4:05
Proposed Bus Tiers
Tier Schools Bus Arrival Start of School School Dismissal Buses Depart School
T1 FGM, JFK, JYMS, KFMS, FCMS SECEP 7:00 7:25 2:00 2:15
T2 FBES, NSE,HPE, MBE, KSE, PIO, BTW, EFE, OES, CSE, NPE 8:00 8:35 3:00 3:15
T3 LHS, KFHS, NRHS 9:00 9:25 4:00 4:10
Advantages of Additional Time for Elementary Schools
  • Increased instructional time
  • Additional planning time during the school day
  • 10 additional minutes provides approximately 36 additional hours of instruction in a school year
  • This allows for about six banked days for inclement weather
  • More half days for teacher planning and record-keeping at the elementary level
Increasing Elementary Instructional Time
Current School Hours Proposed Hours
ELEMENTARY 6 hours 15 Min

(5 hours 35 Min)

6 Hours 25 Min

(5 hours 45 Min)

SECONDARY 6 Hours 35 Min

(6 Hours 5 Min)

6 Hours 35 Min

(6 Hours 5 Min)

Opportunity for Public Input:  

If you’d like to comment of this discussion, click here to open a survey form:  https://goo.gl/5J3m69

The School Board will weigh the community input as one of many factors in its decision.
css.php