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School Start Times To Change In Williamson County

Posted at 1:22 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 14:30:06-04

Start times for Williamson County schools have been set to change for the 2017-2018 school year.

The news was announced Thursday by Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney.

“In response to community and School Board concerns about the research indicating social and emotional benefits in allowing adolescents to sleep later, we have decided to make the first bell for all high schools 7:40 a.m.,” Looney said.

Officials with the school district said they do not have the resources needed to transport both middle and high school students at the same time as elementary students, thus the need for additional time changes.

“This will impact all schools to some degree,” Looney said. He added they understand the change will mean families and those who provide extra-curricular activities will have to make adjustments.

Most start times have been adjusted to 7:40 a.m. or 7:50 a.m. for middle and high schools, with “power Monday” start times from 8:25 a.m. to 9 a.m. Elementary start times ranged from 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

To view the entire list of start time changes for each school in the district, click here.