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School Start & End Times are Shifting

Start and end times for all PGCPS schools are being streamlined.

90% of schools expected to have no change or a shift of 15 minutes or less.

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How School Bell Times are Impacted

  • 57% of schools expected to shift 15 minutes or less
  • 33% of schools expected to have no change
  • 7% of schools expected to shift between 16 and 30 minutes
  • 3% of schools expected to shift between 31-60 minutes

How are school bell times changing?

To improve transportation efficiency, PGCPS is moving to three standard bell times. This plan will not shift all elementary schools to 7:30 a.m., nor all middle schools/ and Pre-K - 8 academies to 8:30 a.m., nor all high schools to 9:30 a.m.

Schools will be notified of bell time shifts no later than April 26.

Please note that 90% of schools are expected to have no shift or a shift of 15 minutes or less.

How will standardizing school start and end times improve transportation service?

Standardizing school bell times helps balance the distribution of trips, resulting in improved transportation efficiency, less students experiencing delays, optimizing utilization of buses and drivers, maximizing time used for picking up students and more. Consistency and standardization across district bell times also makes schedules clearer and easier to understand for families.

How will shifted bell times impact schools?

The vast majority of schools are expected to see no change in bell times, or a shift of 15 minutes or less.