Indian River School District implements transportation, schedule changes

SELBYVILLE – The Indian River School District has made a series of adjustments to its daily school schedules for the 2015-2016 school year.

These minor modifications are the result of the school day being extended by four minutes to compensate for possible weather-related cancellations.

The daily starting and ending times for each school have changed slightly from last year.

The district will continue to utilize a tiered transportation system under which schools will be divided into “First Start” and “Second Start” categories with different starting and ending times for each group.

The school day for “First Start” schools will run from 7:40 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Buses will arrive between 7:20-7:30 a.m. and depart at approximately 2:50 p.m. Schools in this group are Sussex Central High School, Indian River High School, Georgetown Middle School, Millsboro Middle School, Selbyville Middle School, Phillip C. Showell Elementary School, North Georgetown Elementary School and East Millsboro Elementary School.

The school day for “Second Start” schools will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3:35 p.m. Buses will arrive between 8:10-8:20 a.m. and depart at approximately 3:41 p.m. Schools in this group are Georgetown Elementary School, Georgetown Kindergarten Center, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Long Neck Elementary School and John M. Clayton Elementary School.

Special schools in the district will have separate starting and ending times. Those times are as follows: Howard T. Ennis School, 7:55 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.; G.W. Carver Academy, 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; and Southern Delaware School of the Arts, 8:05 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Implementing the tiered system and creating unified starting and ending times has reduced bus overcrowding, compensated for enrollment growth and allowed buses to serve more than one school.

In addition, extending the school day by four minutes will continue to help the district compensate for weather-related cancellations. The extra minutes will provide flexibility in determining make-up days related to weather closings or other changes to the school calendar.

Last year, 16 minutes were added to the school day and the extra instructional time made it possible for the district to compensate for seven weather cancellations without adding days to the end of the year.

The changes will take effect when the 2015-2016 school year begins on Tuesday, Sept. 8 for K-12 students.

Preschool programs, including Project VILLAGE and TOTS, will begin on Monday, Sept. 14.

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