The CBE is making an adjustment to school start and end times at many schools for the 2017-18 school year.
Bell times will be aligned at all schools that use transportation service. After bell times are aligned across the whole system, yellow school buses will be able to complete at least two routes each morning and two each afternoon. Partnering of routes will save a significant amount of money - $3.5 million in 2017-18, and an additional $1.5 – 2 million in 2018-19.
Some schools will also see the introduction of an early dismissal day in 2017-18.
Changes of more than 30 minutes to a school start or end time will not take effect until the 2018-19 school year.
Bell times and early dismissal times were confirmed in a letter sent home by school principals at the end of May.
Information sessions were held May 24, 2017 at Queen Elizabeth High School and May 25, 2017 at Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School. The following information was presented at the sessions: