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Beaverton School District
Beaverton School District

Beaverton Schools

New Bell Schedule for 2024-2025 School Year

High school students and teacher doing science lab

Background
For several years, BSD has been evaluating a change in school start and end times — what we refer to as our “bell schedule.” This issue surfaced again when gathering feedback for our strategic planning process last year. We received a considerable amount of input from families of high school students, asking the district to consider a later start time to promote the health and well-being of older students. 

Research
Research indicates that adolescents are biologically wired to stay up later than younger children and having to get up early for school results in them being chronically short on sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified insufficient sleep in adolescents as a public health issue that impacts well-being, safety and academic success and has recommended later start times. This fall, California became the first state to mandate later start times for secondary students in public schools.

For younger students, research indicates that earlier start times have a near-zero effect on academic outcomes, meaning that there’s no measurable negative academic impact from moving to earlier start times at the elementary level.

Neighboring Districts
As we look at start times in neighboring districts, we see that nearly all the districts have already shifted to later start times for high school students.

High school start times graphic

New Schedule
A change in the bell schedule dose cause significant disruption in the operation of a school district, primarily in regards to transportation. More than 24,000 BSD students rely on school buses to get to school. Each bus has multiple runs per day, transporting students at all levels — elementary, middle and high school. And unlike other districts, we guarantee bus transportation for all students attending option schools.

To find the optimal bell schedule that meets the needs of our students and the logistical needs of the district, BSD hired an outside consultant to review our existing operations and make a recommendation for a new schedule.

Starting next school year in August 2024, we’ll be changing the bell schedule for all schools to the following:

Level

Start Time

End Time

Early-start Elementary Schools

7:45 a.m.

2:20 p.m.

Late-start Elementary Schools

8:15 a.m.

2:50 p.m.

Option Schools/Programs: ACMA, BASE, ISB, Merlo Station Campus

8:15 a.m.

3:00 p.m.

High Schools

8:45 a.m.

3:30 p.m.

Middle Schools including Rachel Carson

9:30 a.m.

4:05 p.m.

Ace & CTP 7:15 a.m. 2:15 p.m.
FLEX Online 8:45 a.m. 3:30 p.m.


Early-start elementary schools: Aloha-Huber Park K-8, Barnes, Bethany, Fir Grove, Greenway, Hazeldale, Hiteon, Jacob Wismer, Kinnaman, McKay, McKinley, Nancy Ryles, Oak Hills, Raleigh Park, Ridgewood, Sato, Vose and West Tualatin View

Late-start elementary schools: Beaver Acres, Bonny Slope, Cedar Mill, Chehalem, Cooper Mountain, Elmonica, Errol Hassell, Findley, Montclair, Raleigh Hills, Rock Creek, Scholls Heights, Sexton Mountain, Springville, Terra Linda and William Walker

Students walking to bus

Challenges
While this new schedule alleviates some child care pressures for our elementary families in the morning, it does create new challenges for after-school care in the afternoons. We’re working to ensure that buses will be able to deliver students to all child care providers within their particular school’s boundary.

This new bell schedule will be an adjustment, but we believe that this change is in the best interest of students. It aligns with our strategic plan goals to prioritize student safety and well-being and better positions students to achieve academic success.

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