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Do you have a question about Harrisonburg City Schools? Perhaps you heard something in the grocery store that made you think, “Is that really true?” Here’s your chance to ask the superintendent.  This is not a gossip column so please review these guidelines for submitting questions:
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Becky - 12/5/2015 3:16:46 PM
buses and times
Why are my students coming home so late in the afternoon. They are young elementary students and they get home well after 4:00. This is too long a day.
There was talk of changing schools time and switching elementary and high school start times. Switching these would alleviate so many problems right now. Is this being held up by high school athletics? Have you decided to put athletics in the forefront of academics for ALL students?

HCPS - 12/7/2015 12:26:12 PM
RE:buses and times
Thanks for sharing your concern. The school system is in the early stages of planning for the redistricting for our new elementary school, along with the middle schools and bringing the 5th grade back to the elementary schools. We suspect that those new bus routes may also require us to adjust our starting and ending times. We are working with a transportation consultant and waiting for this to be accomplished before we decide on any new starting times. We would not want to make a decision now and have to change it in less than two years. All schools have the same length of day but, as you accurately stated, the elementary schools start later and end later. There are many variables that impact the starting and ending times and sports is one but not the deciding variable by any means. There are many different opinions in the discussion of starting and ending times. One example is that some working parents like their high school and middle school children to be home before their elementary children come home for supervision purposes and, like yourself, some would like the elementary children to be home first. Other issues that have been raised include sleeping patterns for teenagers, regional programs, students who work, the city transportation schedule, clubs, practices, parents' work schedules, weather, darkness etc. In other words, when the school starting time committee reconvenes after the redistricting process is completed, they will be considering many variables before they make a recommendation to the school board for their final decision. Thank you very much for your question and comments.

-Dr. Kizner, Superintendent of Schools