FCPS Announces Adjusted Start Times for 2015-16

by Karen Goff March 20, 2015 at 9:30 am 1,164 5 Comments

South Lakes High SchoolThe new bell schedule for Fairfax County Public Schools in coming into focus for the 2015-16 school year.

After years of discussion, the school  board approved a new bell schedule last October in order for high school students to get extra sleep time. Instead of starting at 7:20 a.m., high schools will begin between 8 and 8:10 a.m.

Most elementary schools will only be slightly adjusted, but middle schoolers will be seeing an earlier start.

The change will benefit more than 57,000 high school students representing more than 30 percent of FCPS’ student population, the school system said.

The school system says transportation teams are working on bus schedules and parents will receive information on bus schedules during the summer.

Here are the bell schedules for Reston schools in 2015-16:

Elementary Schools

  • Aldrin 9:20 a.m. to 4:05 p.m.
  • Armstrong 8:55 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
  • Crossfield 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Dogwood 8:50 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
  • Forest Edge 8:50 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
  • Fox Mill 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Hunters Woods 8:55 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
  • Lake Anne 8:50 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
  • Sunrise Valley 9:20 a.m. to 4:05 p.m.
  • Terraset 9:20 a.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Middle Schools

  • Herndon 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Hughes 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

High Schools

  • Herndon 8:10 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
  • South Lakes 8:10 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
  • Thomas Jefferson 8:40 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • LB

    40 minutes later is not what I’d consider monumental, but it’s a start. We were still battling the clock when FCPS formed a blue ribbon task force to study the sames issue back in 1998.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    It’s great that the high schools and ESes all start after 8 now. What I don’t like – what I *hate* – is that the middle schoolers are now starting at 7:30. You think your high-schooler had it tough, going out to the bus at 6:30-7am? Wait until your younger kid, the one who didn’t have to be at school until after 8am until recently, has to do that in the predawn below-zero weather this coming winter. They aren’t as used to getting themselves up and out as the older ones, they don’t have as much experience dressing for the weather as the older ones, and they don’t have as much in the way of street smarts as the older ones. Plus half of them are still on little-kid up-early schedules and the other half are dragging themselves out of bed every morning as it is. That half-hour earlier isn’t going to be fun 🙁

    • RestonLyons

      Students in Middle Scool are the losers. Those entering will have to be in class about an hour and 15/20 minutes earlier. How was it determined they need less sleep than high school and elementary school students?

    • Noelle

      I agree, but at least middle school is only two years. High school is much more important in regards to what college you end up in, so I’d rather see the later start times (and kids getting more sleep) there.

  • Noelle

    I’m glad to see later high school start times, and that elementary ones haven’t had to be dramatically changed as a result (at least for Armstrong ES). Call me selfish but later start times means I can sleep a little longer too! 😉


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