• School Start Times
     
  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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    • What impact would an earlier start have on elementary students
    • What are the logistics of transportation in Center Grove?
      • Time between routes:
      • For example, if elementary students are dropped off at 7:45am, the driver needs at least 60 minutes to run his/her route and drop off the middle school students, making the earliest middle school drop off 8:45am.
      • Transportation needs at least 60 minutes between the start of their elementary route and the start of their of their middle and/or high school route both at the beginning and the end of the day.
      • The impact of a time change on the longest routes:
          • For example, shifting an elementary start to 7:30 a.m. would mean some students would get on the bus around 6:30 a.m.  Conversely, if school dismisses at 4:50 p.m., some students wouldn’t get home until 5:50 p.m.
    • What is the availability of affordable childcare for parents?
      • Center Grove partners with Honey Grove to provide daycare options before and after school for all elementary and middle schools.
    • Are there programs available for students who qualify for free/reduced?
      • Honey Grove currently has the following ways to provide discounts or financial needs.
    • Would Honey Grove be able to accommodate additional students in the afternoon, if needed?
      • Honey Grove would be able to accommodate as long as space for additional students was guaranteed at each school.
    • What is the impact on students who have to work to help out their families?
      • We realize some high school students work after school to help out their families.
    • Do schools with later start times offer professional development or tutoring in the AM?
      • With a different start time, Center Grove could investigate options for professional development and/or tutoring for students.
    • What is the impact on special education students?
      •  The impact would be case by case. Some students may do well with a later start time. Others may not do well.
    • What historical information is there regarding Center Grove’s current schedule?
      • Previous schedules were most likely driven by transportation. 
    • What’s the number of students who ride the bus versus car riders?
      • 70% of CG students ride the bus.
    • What’s the down time for the bus drivers?
      • In AM, down time for bus drivers ranges from 15-30 minutes, depending on the geographics of the route.
      • In PM, drivers have less down time because of the amount of traffic.
    • What is the impact to students who are enrolled in C9?
      • Changing start times would not impact C9 students. Transportation would be provided regardless. xxx
    • Would there be an impact on students who utilize Special Services?
      • There would not be an impact.
    • Would the traffic congestion around the main campus be eased by HS students starting later?
      • The congestion would not be reduced, but it would improve visibility with students going later when the sun is up.
    • What impact would a later dismissal time on the secondary athletics departments?
      • Away events – especially those on the North, West and East sides of Indianapolis - would be re-scheduled to a later time.  Regular season events, now scheduled for 5:00 pm, would be moved to 6:00 pm or 6:30 pm. This later start time would then impact team buses, families and fans due to heavier traffic during that time of day, which could postpone the game even later. That would equate to students and their families arriving back home frequently after 10:00 pm during a school week.
    • Would there be any provisions for extra-curricular activities to not take the time created by a later start for secondary students for practices?
      • Depending on the dismissal time, practices after school may pushed to after 4:15 pm.  After a 2 hour practice, cool down, clean-up and drive home, student-athletes would not arrive for dinner until 7:00 pm at the earliest.  This would minimize family time for both athletes and coaches.  Students will have less time for homework or studying and would end up staying up later to finish.
      • Junior Varsity and freshmen teams who practice after the varsity would get home later.
      • More student-athletes would miss class time to participate in a county, conference, state tournament event at 5:00 pm anywhere but locally.
      • Swimming and diving have been practicing before school since the infancy of the sport.  It would be challenging to allow that sport to continue that time of practice and not other teams/coaches who see the opportunities it would afford with the later hours after school.