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LCS Survey: Should school start times change?

Reactions from parents, students, and teachers has so far been mixed
Posted: 6:00 PM, Mar 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-11 22:00:51Z
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LEON COUNTY, Fla. — Leon County Schools wants your feedback. It's new online survey asks people if they think changing school start times is a good idea.

Reactions from parents, students, and teachers has so far been mixed.

The survey on the Leon County School's Facebook page asks people to vote either yes or no to the following start time changes.

High schools which normally go from 7:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. would start at 8:00 a.m. and the school day would end at 2:20 p.m. Middle schools which now go from 9:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. would start at 8:00 a.m. until 2:20 p.m. Elementary schools which now go from 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. would start later at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m.

Brandy Vance has a unique perspective as both a teacher and a mom, and doesn't think any school should start at 9:00 a.m.

"What that is going to have to do is create a lot of working parents having to put their kid into before school care which will be an additional cost. So these parents are going to have to pay for before school and after school care if elementary school starts at 9:00 a.m.," said Vance.

There are some exceptions to those start time changes.

R-Frank Nims, Fairview and Griffin Middle Schools would start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m. All K-8 schools, Woodville, and Ft. Braden would also start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m.

Leon County Schools says this is because, "it would allow us to use additional funding sources to pay for transportation...and to use our current fleet of buses, drivers and bus assistants."

The non-binding survey will be open through Friday March 15. It is located on the Leon County Schools Facebook page.