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Barrow County to Move to 160-day School Year

Bell schedules will also change.

Despite approving , the Barrow County Board of Education on Tuesday voted on a different calendar. 

The school system will move to a 160-day school year. 

To meet state requirement to have a calendar equivalent to 180 days of attendance for students, school days have been lengthened by 15 to 20 minutes, with elementary school students spending 7 hours at school and middle and high school students 7 1/2 hours. 

The 2012-13 school year is set to begin Aug. 13, 2012, and end May 16, 2013. 

Bell schedules for schools will also change, with school beginning for elementary students at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. and class starting for middle and high school students at 7:20 a.m. and ending at 2:50 p.m. 

Current bell schedules have elementary school students starting class at 7:45 a.m. and ending at 2:25 p.m., middle school students attending school from 8:35 a.m to 3:35 p.m., and high school students starting at 8:20 a.m. and ending at 3:20 p.m. 

School lunch prices will also change for the 2012-13 school year. to read more. 

What do you think about the changes to the school calendar and bell schedules? How do you anticipate these changes might affect students? Tell us in comments. 

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Emily M May 02, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Thank you for your prompt information... we know that if we wait on the school system or our local newspapers it would be next week before we find out anything. Thank you Barrow Patch!
Deanna Allen May 02, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Thank you so much for following Barrow Patch!
Tammy Fore May 02, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Now Middle and High School ride the same bus! How is that going to work with school starting and ending at the same time?
Amie Matthews May 02, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Yes this is something Wanda Creel would sneak in without parental feedback! Just like the re-zone, we had no say and she could care less! Our kids deserve someone who cares about what's best for them instead of what is best for her!! Pathetic!
Gina Lynn Swinehart-Wardell May 02, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Love the last comment!!
Misty Palmer May 02, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I find this crazy. My son will be going to middle school next year and from the way this is he will have to be at school sooner than he already is now. That is not acceptable. Their is NO reason for school to start that early in the morning. I am so sick of this school system it is pathetic. Bramlett Elem has some of the rudest faculty there as it is but nothing is done about that. Now this??? I believe I will be investing in a home school tutor...
kay May 02, 2012 at 10:49 PM
All I can say is that those elementary students will be waiting well after the bell rings in the afternoon. -f the middle and high get out at 2:50 there is no way the buses can drop them off in time to make it to the elementary at 3:30. There are going to be some very unhappy parents not to forget about all the employees getting a pay cut!
penny mercier May 03, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I think this will be better after everyone gets in to it. The older kids will get home first the way it should have been.... NO AFTERSCHOOL for my youngest!!!!! I'm happy... Her last year in elementary! Older kids need to get up early, so they get see how it is to get up and go to work someday. Right now my youngest gets on bus at 6:18 a.m. and i pick her up around 5p.m. or after some days too long of a day for a 11 yrs. old!!!
Denise Koss May 03, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Studies actually showed that teenage brains work better later in the morning and later at night, so I do not see how having them go to school even earlier than they do right now will really be better for them.
R. Shane Calvert May 03, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Denise you are right. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleepless-in-america/201102/do-later-school-start-times-really-help-high-school-students The three month summer break will not help students either. Asking teachers and students to do the same work load in less time is absurd. This is not for improving education but for saving money.
Angela Caldwell Miller May 03, 2012 at 11:06 AM
This is new to me. I'm not sure how I feel about this and would like to see the research-based studies used in this decision. I have seen better research results on year-round school and student achievement in the areas of student achievement and overall well-being. Think about compacted night classes adults take and how continuous extended time impacts meaningful learning. Early childhood, early-childhood, pre- and adolescent minds and bodies are going to have big adjustments that will be overcome BUT at what price? I am praying that there are well-grounded considerations in this for the overall well-being of children in our community. I am imagining the grumpy and tired school staff as well. Yikes!!! Big time prayers for our public school system in the community we live. I concur with R. Shane Calvert as well as recommend the school system reveal the research-based findings in how this will help student achievement. It would help me digest what my child will have to face next year as a 6th-grade student. He is now bringing home the trickle-down- effect about the new school construction where he will attend 2 physical schools next year for his 6th-grade year. I do reassure him this will be okay and could be a fun challenge. He is now anticipating a freshness to his 1st middle-school year. I pray that a substantial transition plan will be published so that our community can be informed to prepare our children with vital family support.
Concerned in Barrow May 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
So far, Wanda Creel has done nothing but change things without notice or consideration of the parents in Barrow County. While I appreciate that I hear things on the patch, I should have been hearing this from the school system first.
Rhonda Kondo May 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I agree.
Laura Matthews May 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I am a state certified in home daycare provider..if anyone is interested in before or after school for their elementary child, I would love to keep them. I live in Bethlehem, so we are Yargo Elementary, Haymon-Morris district. I have provided childcare for 9 years in the area. I offer childcare for all ages from 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. If interested please give me a cal,l 678-975-7769. Thank you for letting me share..Laura :)
Kara Gregory Knight May 03, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I don't have a problem with this. We will adapt and make the necessary changes. As long as my child is on track curriculum wise and being challenged I can deal with a change in our routine. Other counties have implemented this and it seems to work fine. They will never be able to make everyone happy. I wish more parents were worried about what the schools feed our children than what time their days start and end.
mollyrose August 03, 2012 at 01:39 AM
If it weren't for Facebook and Barrow Patch, I would not be given the schedule until school actually starts. We need time to prepare for a change in schedules. Wanda pay attention!
Bobby Smith June 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Well....that's a real bummer. The kids in our youth group at church has worked really hard this year, they competed in state fine arts competitions and won the opertunity to compete in nationals in Orlando the week of August 4-10th, 2013. They were promised that if they won state we would make a way for them to get to thier competition in Orlando. I am sitting at my computer now, just as i have been for weeks searching for accomodations, found what we needed and just a few key stokes from completing the reservations when one of my kids call me with the news of the new school schedule. Had she not called I would have lost the entire cost of the stay. I really hurt for them, they have planned for this all year. I really hate promising and not delivering......... Thank you. Pastor Bob

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