October 28, 2013
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will offer multiple opportunities over the next several months to provide feedback on proposed changes to school start and end times, also known as bell times. This will include community forums, focus groups and surveys, and “Neighbor to Neighbor,” a self-guided way for you to study the issue and offer input.
At the forums, you will have an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback on Superintendent Joshua Starr’s recommendation that high schools start 50 minutes later, middle schools 10 minutes earlier, and that the elementary school day be extended by 30 minutes.
The first community forum was held on October 28. The dates and locations for the three other community forums are:
- Monday, December 16: Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive in Rockville
- Monday, January 6: Seneca Valley High School, 19401 Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown
- Monday, February 10: Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd., East, in Silver Spring
All forums will be held from 7 p.m. –8:30 p.m. Free child care (ages 4 and older) and interpretation services will be provided.
Once input has been gathered on the recommendation, and the full cost and operational impact have been determined, Dr. Starr and the Board of Education will make a final decision about bell times in the late spring. The earliest any changes to start and end times would take place is the 2015-2016 school year.
For more information, visit the Bell Times website.