DD2 meeting to address school bell schedules, parent concerns

DD2 meeting to address school bell schedules, parent concerns

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A meeting Tuesday night will give the community the chance to discuss proposed proposed school bell schedule changes for Dorchester District Two schools.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Oakbrook Middle School in Ladson. It is the third of seven meetings being held across the district, DD2 spokesperson Pat Raynor said.

The plan involves later start and dismissal times for high school students and earlier start and dismissal times for elementary and middle school students.

The new plan for Dorchester District 2 schools, designed to help with bus schedules, would change elementary, middle and high school schedules:

  • Elementary schools would run from 7:15 a.m. until 2:15 p.m.
  • Middle schools would run from 8:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.
  • High schools would run from 9:15 a.m. until 4:15 p.m.

High schools and elementary schools currently start at 7:25 a.m., while middle schools start at 8:30 a.m.

"There has been mixed reaction to the changes," Raynor said. Parents have questioned how the later high school schedules would affect extracurricular activities, students who have after-school jobs and family time, Raynor said.

Some parents have expressed surprise by the fact that a limited number of buses requires the school to drop off approximately 1,000 high school students on campus up to an hour before the start of school so that the same buses can then pick up younger students and transport them to their schools, Raynor said.

If the plan is approved, the changes would not take effect until the beginning of the next school year.

Officials say public feedback will play an important role in finalizing the bell change proposal, which will then be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval in December.

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