Vote Postponed on School Schedules

A Board of Education vote that had tentatively been set for Feb. 5 regarding proposed school schedule changes may instead take place at one of the board’s public meetings in the coming weeks.

Once a new date for the vote is established, the school district will provide advanced notice to parents, employees and the community.

The postponement gives Long Beach Unified School District staff additional time to carefully review public input that was provided at a Jan. 29 meeting, where staff provided the board with two options (Plan A and Plan B).

As part of the school district's ongoing efforts to make the wisest use of its limited resources, LBUSD has been examining the efficiency of its school schedules in grades K-12.  Over the years, the variety of school schedules here has increased significantly, making the district’s transportation services less efficient than they could be with more standardized scheduling.  LBUSD could save more than $1 million in transportation through schedule adjustments.

In one of the proposed schedules (Plan A), the high school day would start an hour later next school year.  Staff first proposed this option to the school board at a public meeting in November, in part because of research that shows teens may perform better academically when they start school later.