High School Staggered Start


Staggered start is a sequenced initiation of the school day, allowing high schools to start one half hour later than all other schools in the district.  The concept has been developed as a coordinated effort between HCS staff, school leadership teams, and faculty representatives.

  • Elementary (P-5): 8:00am-2:30pm
  • Elementary (P-6): 8:00am-2:30pm
  • Jr. High/Middle School: 8:00am-3:00pm
  • AAA/ASFL: 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Former P-8 Schools Now Split:
    • Elementary (P-5): 8:00am-2:30pm
    • Middle (6-8): 8:00am-3:00pm
  • High School: 8:30am-3:40pm
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the advantages of staggered start for my high school student?
  • High school student drivers miss morning rush hour
  • Improves bus service overall, without adding cost
  • Increases bus stops and the number of bus routes
  • May reduce the number of students per bus
  • May lower tardy and truancy rates
  • May improve student performance
  • Parents dropping off students at multiple schools may have more time
  • Middle school students participating in high school activities will have more time to get to the high school
How will this impact high school extra-curricular activities and athletics?

Many high school extra-curricular activities will take place during school hours.  With the introduction of the block schedule, as well as the 8:30am start, athletics should see only minimal impact.  Situations will be addressed through communication between the HCS Director of Athletics and the school, as they are now.

What time can I drop off my child in the morning?

All schools will continue to open at 7:30am, and adult supervision will be provided.  (No change)

What time will teachers report to work?
  • Elementary (P-5): 7:45am (No change)
  • Elementary (P-6): 7:45am (No change)
  • P-8/Jr. High/Middle: 7:45am (No change)
  • High Schools: 8:15am
Will breakfast service adjust to staggered start time?

Breakfast service will accomodate student arrival times between 7:30am and the start of school.

What if a student is already registered on InfoSnap, and needs to be changed to "bus-rider" or "car-rider" due to staggered start?

If a parent or guardian needs to update their child's status as a "bus rider" or "car rider" after already being registered on InfoSnap, they may do so by contacting their school's office directly.

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