Soooo Early

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  1. KinderCowgirl

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    They are changing our hours next year to try and coordinate buses more cost-effectively. They are staggering schedules. This year kids were required to be there by 8:00, teachers by 7:45. Next year school will begin at 7:30, teachers arrive at 7:15!!!!!!:eek: That's usually when I'm leaving my house. I feel very badly for those with long commutes.

    The good news is we get out earlier as well. I do a lot of after school activities and it will nice to actually leave before 5:00.
     
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    Eek.
     
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    Ick! Starting work at 7 is pretty much normal my whole teaching career. Basically, the bell rung at 7:15, and teaching started at 7:20. But, it was very nice to get out at 2:15 (or was it 2:30??). :)
     
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    We are classified as an "early start" school; class starts at 8:05 and the students finish at 2:35. I'm always at school before 7:00, but I'm not sure how chipper the students would be if they were there are the same time!
     
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    The students at my school started at 7:45 and we are a state school. There were plenty with longer commutes. We offer dorms for those with commutes that are too long. Teachers just needed to be there before the students. I was often there between 5:30-6am because that's when I do my best work and it is uninterrupted.
     
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    I never thought of our school as "early" though I know some go later. My sons' school this year though is "early" in my opinion. The bell rings at 7:05am.
     
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    Our tardy bell changed to 7:45 and we had massive tardies all year.
     
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    I'd love going earlier, but I'm one that get to school before daylight (try 5a.m.). Currently teachers have to arrive at 7:30, pick up kids at 7:40 and tardy bell is at 7:55.
     
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    Wow! I can't imagine having to start class that early (more for the kids than for me.) Primary schools here start at 9am, a few at 9:30, though there's no school bus to coordinate schedules for.
     
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    I'm a high school teacher so am already on an early schedule and I really like starting early and finishing early. Teachers have to be in HR at 7:15 and HR starts at 7:30. Day is done at 2:40 for students and 3:00 for teachers. At the middle school I LTSed at we also had a 7:30 start for kids but they had a shorter day that my current school and kids were done at 2:15 and I was done at 2:30.
     
  12. KinderCowgirl

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    I think it's going to harder to get used the change of it. I'm always there early as well-I can't imagine kids that have trouble getting there by 8:00 are going to get there on time at 7:30.
     
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    That is early! I don't know what I would do if the powers that be decided to start school that early! Right now my school has the latest start in the district. Teachers arrive at 8 am. Students start are released to go to class at 8:35 and have to be in class by 8:45.
     
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    At the two schools I've taught at, my hours have always been 7:15-2:30. The school day, however, is from 7:40-2:10. There are about 3-4 students every year who are habitually tardy (I don't blame the students, I blame their parents).

    Anyway, I love, love, love the early start and end times! :D
     
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    Along with MsMar, I teach high school and have to be at school at 7. I usually leave my house by 6:30 -- I've gotten used to it.
     
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    I don't have to be at school until 7:30, but usually get there around 7:00. It's awfully hard in the winter, though, when it's still dark at 8:00 when the students come.
     
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    I'd rather start early and end early, even though I'm not a morning person. This year we started at 8 and ended at 2:50. I worked at the afterschool program until 5. Next year, we will start at 8:30 and end at 3:50. I bet it's going to be REALLY hard to look at the clock at 2:50 next year and realize we still have an entire hour left! That also means the afterschool progam now goes until 5:30, which is later and less money since its only an hour and a half. I'm not a morning person and don't want to get to school super early to get things done. I really wish we were able to keep our old schedule.
     
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    Thats not bad, some Teachers at my school start coming to work about 6:55am. Teachers are expected to be at our school by 8:00am and students by 8:05am.
     
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    Teachers have to be at our school at 8 am, and doors open for kids at 8:15, with tardy bell ringing at 8:30. The kids get out at 3:30.
     
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    I would LOVE to go in that early! Our duty day is 8:45-4. I would much rather go in early and leave early...oh the things I could get done!
     
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    In our district the buses seemed to dictate the school schedules. I would think that the schools would think of the needs of the children over the needs of the bus.
     
  22. KinderCowgirl

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    I agree. We only have a handful of children at our school who even ride the buses.

    I think the kids are definitely going to lose class time especially because they aren't used to it-there are going to be many kids late at least for awhile. And they will be tired. Imagine getting a 5-year old up earlier to get them ready for school.

    But it will be cheaper for the district, so....
     
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    Yeah, but in this economy, the money saved might mean one extra teacher, or several extra aides, or something else of value for the kids.

    (This is speaking as a morning person, with a 12 year old NIGHT person upstairs, about to be awoken for school.)
     
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    We are on the same schedule next year. I already get to schoo, by 6:30 normally to beat traffic (really bad commute) so I am one of the few looking forward to the new hours :)
     
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    Unfortunately, that has been the schedule of every elementary school in my county for the last 10 years. Honestly, I HATE it. One days when we have a 2 hour delay, it's awesome because I can get up around 7:30 or 8, and feel rested, then do a little work at my job before everyone gets there.

    In an ideal world, I would be at work at 9:15, students come at 9:30 and the day would end at 2:45 p.m. (i wanted to say 1:45, but that wouldn't be an ideal world...that would be a dream! :lol:)
     
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    What is worse: I have no clue how the students are dealing with such early schedules. They really should think of the children before $$$. :(
     
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    My first year year, our homeroom started at 7:15, and teachers had to arrive by 6:50. I commuted 40 minutes across the city. It was horrible at first, but I adjusted and was able to be energetic in the morning. I just felt like the biggest lame-o because I couldn't stay up past 9 to do anything with friends on the weekends!! The other bad thing is arriving in the dark during winter. It makes for some mellow eighth graders first period, though. :)
     
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    The middle school part of my school has a warning bell at 7:40; class starts at 7:45. Morning duty is at 7:30. Our students get out at 2:50. In our elementary part, the 5th graders start at 8 and get out at 2:25. It's a big change for them in 6th grade and they're always tired until they get used to the schedule change.
     

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