Harrisonburg Schools May Shift Start Times

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email
Harrisonburg City School Start Times
Harrisonburg High School: 7:45 a.m.
Middle schools: 8 a.m.
Elementary schools: 8:30 a.m.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- School leaders in Harrisonburg are looking into possibly changing school start times in the city.

A group of educators and other members of the community will do a study to see if the times should be changed.

It's the tough winter driving conditions that has Superintendent Dr. Scott Kizner looking into shifting start times.

He said a lot of high school students are inexperienced drivers and with classes currently beginning at 7: 45 a.m., many, including school bus drivings, are traveling in the dark on conditions that might be dangerous.

If the high school started later, it could also force the rest of the schools to change their start times as well.

Kizner said this winter has been especially rough.

"When we have high school kids, high school students driving, many for their first time on icy snowy roads, and it's still dark outside, it gives me pause," said Kizner.

Kizner also said he wants the committee to look into the ties between sleep and education.

He expects the committee doing the study to make a recommendation in May and the school board will decide then what to do.

It is possible no changes will be made.

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