A chart showing the new start and end times for all buildings is attached.
These changes will take effect starting with the 2013/2014 school year.
The North Olmsted City Schools
are implementing new start and end
times for the school day across the district to provide more time for student
instruction and enrichment, teacher planning and collaboration, and time
outside of the classroom for help when needed.
What are the changes at the High School?
The High School day will start at 7:20 a.m.
(now 7:45 a.m.) - which is twenty-five minutes earlier than the current
schedule. The instructional day will end at 2:30 p.m. (now 3:05 p.m.) -
which is thirty-five minutes earlier than the current ending time.
Each day from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. students will have an opportunity at the end of the
day for academic enrichment, help from their teachers, or study tables before
an after school activity.
If there is a common
concern voiced by both students and teachers, it is the inability in the current schedule to meet with students outside of class
time. Students will be able to
get personalized help from their teachers, or take a class to get ready for
college, a career, a trade or for enrichment. Seniors will take one
additional class instead of leaving early.
What are the changes at the Middle School?
The Middle School will start at 7:23 a.m.
(now at 7:38 a.m.) and end at 2:24 p.m. (now at 2:15 p.m.) Middle School
periods are going to increase by ten minutes per period - resulting in 50-minute periods.
The increased academic expectations that are
part of the effort to raise the bar will require students to have a deeper
grasp of core subjects, and the current 40-minute periods at the Middle School
simply do not allow enough time.
Moving to a 50-minute period makes sound
academic sense, and will give students more options for advanced classes,
specials and help from teachers. By adding 10 minutes
per period to the Middle School schedule, the net gain for students is the
equivalent of 36 extra periods in each core subject area – Language Arts,
Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
Middle School students will now be able to
take foreign language classes at their own school. Students involved in after
school activities will have access to their teachers to receive additional
help, or have time to do their homework before their event begins.
What are the changes at the Primary and
The Primary day will have a start time of
8:50 a.m. (now 9:05 a.m.) and an end time of 3:35 p.m. The end time stays
Primary students will be able to enter the building starting at 8:35 a.m.
The Intermediate day will have a start time
of 8:10 a.m. (now 8:25 a.m.) and end time of 2:55 p.m. The end
time stays the same.
Intermediate students will be able to enter the building starting at 8:00 a.m.
Primary and Intermediate school days
will gain 15 minutes
with an earlier start to the day. Teachers and staff will now have up to 75 additional minutes of instructional time each week at both the primary and intermediate levels.
What are the benefits of the changes to the start and end times
across the district?
These changes to the
school day will give the staff more quality time with your children to get them
ready for the major changes coming - the Common Core State Standards, the Third
Grade Reading Guarantee, the new tests they will need to pass, and the increased
rigor and competition they are facing as the bar is raised on student and staff
The future of education in
the State of Ohio will see increased rigor and expectations for children
and their teachers. The district is making modifications to align with
those changes, including lengthening the school day to make sure every student has the best possible plan for their success.
(Click the tab on the website
Changes Coming in Education" for more