DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester District Two parents will get their first chance to have their questions answered about a new schedule for schools on Wednesday night.
Under the new schedule, elementary schools would start at 7:15 instead of 7:25 and end at 2:15 instead of 2:10. Middle schools would start at 8:15 instead of 8:30 and end at 3:15 instead of 4, and high schools would start at 9:15 instead of 7:25 and end at 4:15 instead of 2:55.
The district says in a survey of 6,000 parents, most were in favor of a change but said they had some concerns about the new times.
"It doesn't seem to me as if they've thought out all the problems," Janele Bryant, who has three children in DD2 schools, said.
The district says the need for the change is because of a lack of buses. It says the current routes are supposed to take 45 minutes but have been taking longer than that.
"If we don't have enough busses so they can have their own route and get there closer to when school starts then we need to address that problem," Bryant said. "Don't try to put a Band-Aid on this."
The new schedule would also allow high school students to sleep in more since many of them are dropped off at school as early as 6:25 a.m.
Some of the major concerns from families have been about how athletic and band start times would be affected or how students could have after-school jobs. One option for practices has been to put them in the morning.
Wednesday night's meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Newington Elementary.