Volusia Schools To Change School Schedules


UPDATE 3-12-19: Elizabeth Albert, president of the Volusia United Educators, says she thinks the school board should delay the change.

According to Albert, there are already many changes in place for the 2019-2020 school year.

"We want to do things well," said Albert. "We think it's not appropriate."

Some of the changes coming already to Volusia schools, according to Albert, includes a new student information system that support staff will have to learn about, and a new state mandated six hour mental health training for all school staff.

Earlier reporting below.

DeLand, FL - A recently published video by Volusia County Schools shows a plan to change when school starts in the 2019 and 2020 school year.

And they're looking for the public's input.

According to Superintendent Tom Russell, the change will effect all school levels, running from elementary all the way to high school.

Russell explained that these changes are part of the effort to add more time between bus routes to prevent late buses at the middle school level, and to give elementary schools another 30 minutes in the day.

Courtesy of VCS

The proposed times were created by a committee of teachers, principals, parents and district staff, who narrowed down the options to three diverse start and end times for each level.

Three different options exist and the public can vote in a survey on which one they think will work best for them and the school district.

However, while VCS said public input is wanted, they will make the final decision.

The survey is currently open until 11:45 p.m. on March 25th.

Click here for the English survey.

Click here for the Spanish survey.


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