Monday, April 30, 2012

CPS announces ‘coordinated’ opening and closing bells for schools - Chicago Sun-Times

Under a plan announced Friday, the often-popular 9 a.m. opening bell will be a thing of the past next school year, when all elementary schools will be assigned an opening time between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. and an end time between 2:45 and 3:45 p.m.

High school students will have to get up even earlier, with all high schools opening between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and ending between 3 and 4 p.m., district officials said in a news release.

Schools may appeal their bell times through May 9. To do so they must “demonstrate a significant safety and/or instructional issue with their school’s proposed start and end times,’’ according to the district news release. Schools must win the approval of their network chief as well as other district officials to change an assigned bell schedule.

“Never before has the District given such consideration to safety precautions in regards to the start and end times at our schools,’’ Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said in a news release. “The choice to adopt coordinated bell schedules is a new safeguard that we know will have a direct and lasting impact on all CPS students.’’

Charter schools do not have to follow the new bell schedules.
Anyone out there concerned about this proposal?

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