District News ➤ Article 9009
Thumbnail Image for Article 9009Elementary Start & End Times Moving Forward 10 Minutes Next Year
Posted Date: 02/28/2017

In our ongoing quest to improve services for our families and students, we are constantly evaluating programs. For the last several years, we have focused on transportation and we have identified a way to improve on-time delivery to school/home and reduce costs. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, Andover USD 385 elementary start and end times will move forward by 10 minutes to 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. 

For years, it has been a challenge with buses arriving late at elementary schools. With Durham School Services’ help, we discovered the root cause is not enough time between secondary and elementary bell times. With the current scenario, our options are to be consistently late to the elementary schools or add more buses to make the routes shorter, which is more expensive. Multiple options have been tested for years and none are favorable.

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, Andover USD 385 elementary start and end times will move forward by 10 minutes to 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. (The times are currently 8:35 - 3:35). The extra ten minutes between secondary and elementary schools will allow the district time to run a reasonable amount of bus routes and still deliver students to elementary schools on time. One thing to note is start times for high and middle schools will not change. Andover High School and Andover Middle School times will continue to be 7:50 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. and Andover Central High School and Andover Central Middle Schools will be 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.