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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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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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