STOW, OH – (July 27, 2018) – The Stow-Munroe Falls City School District has recently revised the school bell schedule for each of its buildings, set to take effect at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.
Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s bell schedule is the only school building where the bell schedule will not change, remaining 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For Kimpton Middle School, the school day will begin at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:05 p.m. Likewise, for Lakeview Intermediate School, the school day will begin at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:05 p.m. For each of the elementary buildings, the bell schedule will be adjusted by five (5) minutes with school beginning at 9:05 a.m. and ending at 3:35 p.m.
Every parent will receive a letter from the individual buildings in the coming weeks, listing the new bell schedule for his or her child.
The reason for these adjustments to the school day is largely transportation related. Currently, the District operates on a four-tier bus schedule, which is outdated and inefficient. With the old schedule, some elementary students were getting home well after 4:30 p.m. Others had to wait up to thirty (30) minutes after the end of the school day to board their bus. The four-tier system also caused issues for scheduling field trips. This, coupled with the limited number of drivers for athletic events and other activities, led to a poor efficiency rating from the Ohio Department of Education in terms of its bus operations.
“The new bell schedules at the elementary, middle and intermediate schools have been designed to enhance our efficiency as a District,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “We intend for this revision to give students more time for learning and enjoying extracurricular activities while utilizing our resources efficiently and making sure our policies are aligned with best practices.”
For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.