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.