New RPS start times: share your thoughts

Three community meetings are on the books to discuss the proposed shift in school start times for Richmond Public Schools.

Update #1 — January 20, 2015

RPS will hold four open meetings to discuss the new start times.

Wednesday, January 21st • 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Huguenot High School Auditorium, 7945 Forest Hill Avenue

Thursday, January 22nd • 6:00 – 7:00 PM
MLK, Jr. Middle School Auditorium
1000 Mosby Street

Tuesday, January 27th • 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Broad Rock Elementary School Cafetorium
4615 Ferguson Lane

Wednesday, January 28th • 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Linwood Holton Elementary School Cafeteria
1600 W. Laburnum Avenue

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Original — January 19, 2015

On January 5th, Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden’s presented his Academic Improvement Plan. While the plan proposes many enhancements to improve teaching and learning within the City’s schools, one of the recommendations causing the most buzz is a proposed change in school start and end times.

Here’s what’s been proposed…

  • Elementary schools: 8:00 AM — 2:50 PM
  • Middle schools: 8:30 AM — 3:20 PM
  • High schools: 9:00 AM — 3:50 PM

Research suggests that later start times for high school students leads to improved academic performance. On the other hand, an earlier release time for younger students could present child care challenges for families–particularly those who rely on older children to help care for younger siblings. 

With that in mind, Richmond Public Schools will host three Community Engagement Meetings to receive feedback and share information regarding these proposed changes. All parents, students, and community members are welcome to attend. The dates and locations are as follows:

  • Wednesday, January 21st • Huguenot High School auditorium (7945 Forest Hill Avenue)
  • Thursday, January 22nd • Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School Auditorium (1000 Mosby Street)
  • Tuesday, January 27th • Broad Rock Elementary School cafetorium (4615 Ferguson Lane)

All meetings will take place between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. 

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Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

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