School Schedules Back on Agenda

A Board of Education decision on proposed school schedule changes is on the agenda for the board’s next regular meeting, set for 5 p.m. Monday, March 25 in the Community Room at 1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach.  The agenda item had tentatively been set for a vote last month but was postponed.  Two initial options were presented to the school board by staff (Plan A and Plan B).  Staff is now recommending Plan B, with the modifications detailed in the agenda item.

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.