COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Traffic congestion near Eagle Ridge Academy and North Columbus Elementary schools has been a concern due to the proximity of schools nearby.
The district administration, along with the district's security staff and the Columbus police, decided the safest and least disruptive solution is to make a time adjustment at both of the elementary schools.
Starting on Monday, Aug. 24 the school start time and school end time will adjust by 15 minutes for Eagle Ridge Academy and North Columbus Elementary. The new start time for both schools will change from 8 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., and the new end time for both schools will change from 2:30 to 2:15 p.m.
The bus stop drop-off time will also change by 15 minutes on the return home, but changes to the start and end times will not impact bus pick-up time, instructional activities during the school day or after school programs. Parents may continue to drop-off car riders as early as 7:15 a.m.
The new high school scheduling model requires an addition of 15 minutes to the school day. The additional time was added to the morning time frame due to the use of a tiered bus system that served all elementary, middle and high schools to optimize efficient.
Also, the district was unable to move the middle school end time to later in the day. Start times for activities such as athletic events would have to be shifted to later in the evening, which would result in students returning home too late during the school week.
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