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UPDATE March 20: The school board approved the bell schedules as proposed at its regular work session. Video of the discussion can be found here at about the 1:26 mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K7pcfo4C10

 

UPDATE March 8: Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

 

-UPDATE March 5: The board directed transportation staff to re-examine the proposals related to Briarcliff and Cary elementary schools, among others. They will discuss again at the March 19th work session based on additional information that will be provided by staff. Watch the full discussion.

 

-We are working on responses to some frequently asked questions and will post here by the end of the week.

 

 

 

Our transportation staff is recommending the following new bell schedules for 2019-20. 

 

  • East Cary Middle School: 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Briarcliff Elementary 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

  • Cary Elementary - 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

 

Why is this being proposed? 

The main reason for this proposal is the opening of Green Level High School in Cary.

High schools start earlier, at 7:25 a.m., and end earlier, at 2:18 p.m. Drivers need to complete their high school routes and then begin middle and/or elementary school routes. 

Because of this, the standard start time for most middle schools in our district is 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

For the same reason, 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. is the standard schedule for most elementary schools in our district. 

We have to make changes in our transportation system anytime a new school opens. This is particularly true with new high schools, which require about 30 buses to adequately serve them. 

Moving East Cary Middle, Briarcliff Elementary and Cary Elementary to the standard schedule would ensure our transportation system in this area is as efficient and consistently reliable as possible.  

 

How can I share feedback and ask questions?

Please find the thread related to your school and leave feedback and questions.  

Staff and board members will monitor feedback. Staff will answer as many questions as possible in an FAQ document next week.

 

What are the next steps? 

The board will hear a presentation from staff at its work session on Tuesday, March 5, at 3:30 p.m. You can watch the meeting live on our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/WakeCountySchools

 

We will post updates as warranted on this site.

The proposed 2019-20 bell schedule for East Cary Middle School is 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please share any feedback and questions you have about this proposal below.

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Giovanni Barnes 5 months ago

There are a number of middle schools in the Wake County Public school system that operate on the 7:25am - 2:15pm bell schedule. Why must East Cary Middle School make this change? And why is this an issue when it has not been before? Did something change? As a parent of a student who does not use public transportation, the current schedule works best. There will be no one home to see my child to school at 8:15 am. This will cause issues for alot of parents with work schedules that coincide better with your current bell schedule.

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Matt Dees admin 5 months ago

Hi Giovanni. This is Matt Dees in the Wake County Public School System Communications Department. We will be answering frequently asked questions next week in detail, but I can address your question now. Yes, something is changing. As stated in the email, the driver of this proposal is the opening of Green Level High School starting in the upcoming school year. "High schools start earlier, at 7:25 a.m., and end earlier, at 2:18 p.m. Drivers need to complete their high school routes and then begin middle and/or elementary school routes. Because of this, the standard start time for most middle schools in our district is 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. For the same reason, 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. is the standard schedule for most elementary schools in our district. We have to make changes in our transportation system anytime a new school opens. This is particularly true with new high schools, which require about 30 buses to adequately serve them. Moving East Cary Middle, Briarcliff Elementary and Cary Elementary to the standard schedule would ensure our transportation system in this area is as efficient and consistently reliable as possible."

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Kristi Gilewicz 5 months ago

It seems unfair that this schedule change is proposed AFTER the application period is over. Part of the reason I chose for my child to go to ECMS (her base) was because it fit with my work schedule. The proposed schedule change will be a hardship for our family as it will be on others. Will students who are currently slated to go to ECMS have the option to go to an application school if the schedule changes?

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JR Armstrong 4 months ago

We concur. This change seems unfair for parents and students who completed the grandfathering and transfer requests knowing they would have to provide their own transportation based on the current bell schedule. Now with a change of bell schedule -- a much later start -- this may impact their choice to even remain at East Cary - providing transportation for their children for this later start may be completely out of the question for some families.

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MaryBeth Duprey 5 months ago

Our family is relieved by this change. It’s rough to go to school so early and then do extracurricular activities. Research has shown that adolescents perform better with a later start time and although this change is due to transportation needs I know my child will benefit from a later start time.

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Megan Dezendorf 4 months ago

Our family is very thankful for this change! I currently drive four times a day to drop off and pick up at East Cary and Adams because there is such a big gap in start times. Bringing all the feeder schools to the same start time would be beneficial to many families eventually when they have kids at two schools. That being said, I agree with the parents who are feeling dooped bc this change was announced so late in the process. I know for a fact it was under consideration during the whole reassignment debacle bc when parents suggested changing the East Cary start time to make it a more appealing option, it was reported one middle school, either East Cary or Weat Cary, would be changing. If the new times take effect and cause a hardship, I think it would only be fair to give those families a chance to get a seat at another school.

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