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Officials Eye Later High School Start Times

Posted March 28, 2007

— Some Cumberland County high school students might get to sleep a little later in the fall.

Local school administrators are reviewing a proposal to change the start time for Westover High School and Seventy-First High School from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. That would push the dismissal time to 4:15 p.m. from 2:35 p.m.

The change is being considered as a way to use school buses more efficiently. But for the plan to work, local elementary schools would have to start earlier.


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  • Cameron Apr 3, 2007

    My high school student gets up at 5:30 am to ride the bus. She is up late at night out of necessity, due to all the homework expected in honors and AP classes. She is not getting enough sleep and I do not feel this is healthy. A later start time would be wonderful, but we are in Wake County. The powers that be in the WCPSS do not have sense enough to change the school start times. They are too busy social engineering.

  • lisaids Apr 3, 2007

    WRAL, as I was reading your post there was this feeling of dajavu and then I realized this was the way it used to be in the good ole days and yes, some of us seemed to have turned out okay, graduated and went to college or got a job. What's so bad about the way school was then? Seems we keep hearing this will make our kids smarter, brighter etc. and all I find us doing is placing more pressure on them and taking the fun out of the years when they should be having the best time of theirs lives, should be carefree. My kids are so stressed these days about school and I have to question what's it all about, get back to the basics of writing, reading and arithmatic and they'll do just fine in life, teach them good morals,ethics,respect,values,work hard and to contribute to their communities. Seems to me we need to do a time management study on the school day and cut out the crap. Ditto on this plan.

  • Wildside Apr 3, 2007

    It wasn't long ago that I was standing out waiting for the bus a 6:30 in the morning........freezing in the dark, just knowing that the bus was gonna be full of trouble making kids from the ghetto. Man am I glad thats over

  • Just Once Mar 30, 2007

    WRAL - Well said. How about 3 hours a day of prep for 5 hours of teaching?? Gosh - that would be an 8 hour day!! Lets say - oh - 8 am to 5pm workday. 10 months a year? Works for me. Sometimes I even have to stay over.

    Teachers - There is a solution and that is pretty close. I would like to go to the school on workdays and document what goes on. I KNOW what goes on with my kids for the last 2 weeks of the year!!! But cut it off and suddenly we are cramping school system.

  • ncbookseller Mar 29, 2007

    NCTeacher, I agree! Plus you'd need an extra 2 hours to teach to the standardized testing!

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  • Slip Kid Mar 29, 2007

    I already see little kids at the bus stop when I leave for work at 6:30 in the morning, how much earlier can kids be sent to school? I think all schools should start 8am of after. Just my 2 cents.

  • Slip Kid Mar 29, 2007


    NCTeacher - Hear! Hear! Sad but true...

  • NCTeacher Mar 28, 2007

    That would be wonderful if it worked that way. If we didn't have all of this "paperwork" I might actually be teaching what I was trained to teach. As it is now, I could teach them 12 hours a day and still not get it all done.

  • Steve Crisp Mar 28, 2007

    How about this. School starts at 9 am and runs until 3 pm. Get rid of most of the buses since all kids attend the school closest to their home and can walk to school. The school year begins the Wednesday after Labor Day and ends the second week in June. There is a full weeks vacation in October and April along with two weeks at Christmas. Get rid of teacher's workdays. Kids attend six classes per day for two semesters. Four are academic, one is lunch, and the last is a mix of PE and two day per week elective.

    We managed to raise a whole slew of intelligent kids with that schedule. It wasn't until the education majors got hold of things that we started churning out idiots.