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Indian River County schools ponder changing start times for next year

Posted at 12:01 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 12:02:54-04

The new school year may have just started but the Indian River County School District is already looking at a potential change for next year.

This week, the School Start Time Committee made a presentation to the superintendent and school board members about adjusting school start times next year.

The committee, formed a few months ago, is made up of parents, teachers, school leaders and community partners.

Their research showed older students, like middle schoolers and high schoolers, benefit mentally and physically from a start time of 8:30 a.m. or later.

According to the committee's proposal, elementary school students would start school earlier, with a start time of 7:50 a.m. instead of 8:45 a.m.

Middle school would start at 9:05 a.m. instead of 7:50 a.m. and high school students would begin at 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:10 a.m. The end of the day would shift as well.

While there is no proposal to change bell times right now, the school board is reviewing its options and looking for feedback from the community.

Parents can take a survey and express how they feel on the school district's website.