Review Gledhill School Start Time

Review Gledhill School Start Time

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Shannon Whitmore started this petition to School Start Time Review

As parents of Gledhill students, we are requesting that the proposed 9:10 start time not be implemented in 2020 and would like a review done to find alternate solutions.

Gledhill school is currently closed for optional attendance and most students live a short distance from the school.  The school is in an area with high number of households where parents work outside the home. 

The current bell time of 8:40 was already difficult for many parents and was largely managed by parents leveraging the following three options:

1.      Splitting pick-ups and drop-offs between partners,

2.      Leveraging a costly, and at capacity, school daycare program,

3.      Relying on a volunteer run breakfast club program.  

The change to 9:10 would make it impossible for many parents to drop their children off before work and would increase the need for care before school.  At the same time, there is insufficient space and resourcing to accommodate increased demand, and any new program implementation would be far more costly than the savings resulting from busing changes.  The change of times also puts the breakfast club in jeopardy as the program relies entirely on parent volunteers, many of whom volunteer before going into work.

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