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EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene 4J School Board on Wednesday approved new schedules for all schools.
The vote ends a months-long effort to synchronize start times and provide adequate instructional time for students.
Beginning in the fall, high schools will start at 8:30 a.m. and get out at 3:30 p.m.
Middle schoolers will go from 9 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
Elementary schools will be from 7:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. or from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Weekly early release will be on Friday at all schools.
Since some schools will be starting and ending at similar times, the issue of traffic was raised by students and parents, but 4J staff said they've accounted for that in their scheduling.
"We work to have our transportation be as efficient as possible. So we look at both school bus transportation, how to get our bus routes around, and what the impacts are of different schools near each other," said Kerry Delf, a spokesperson.
Some students at Sheldon expressed frustration with the new schedule, as they felt it would put pressure on their extracurricular activities and not give them enough time at home. One student said she felt the current schedule keeps them the most productive.
"You have more time to go home and feel relaxed, and you can get your homework done and you can study, and if you have extra-curricular activities or sports or something, you don't feel rushed to do homework and you don't have to do it when you get home at night," said Loriah Aina, a Sheldon student.
Sheldon actually won't see too much of a schedule change, but some schools, like North Eugene, will.
4J staff said the idea behind these changes was to help parents with a more concrete schedule and meet the state-mandated required number of educational hours. With the new schedules, all schools will have the same number of learning hours, so that your education won't change depending on your neighborhood.
For more information, visit the 4J website.
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