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Earlier rises may be in store for students

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By Todd Martin

Some students might have to get up a little earlier next year.

Although the district makes adjustments to the bus routes every year, this year is a little different. With the opening of Collins High School and moving eighth-grade students to the high schools for 2010-2011 school year, the entire set of routes needed to be examined.

The full list of routes will be released in the Shelby County Public Schools NOTEBOOK newspaper, which will be inserted into Monday's  issue of The Sentinel-News.

“Some of the school start times have changed a little, so some of the routes will reflect that,” said Duanne Puckett, the district’s community relations coordinator.

Currently, the new school schedules are:

  • Elementary schools: 7:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
  • Middle schools: 8:35 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
  • High schools: 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

However, these schedules could be altered once school starts.

There will be very little changes to the elementary bus schedule, but the middle and high school changes may be very different than last year.

“Bus schedules have been created after routes were driven to determine time and distance, based on the reconfiguration of students for the middle and the two high schools, plus the addition of kindergarten children, which is an annual task,” Puckett said. “There may be some delays when school begins, but it is better to be outside five minutes before the time listed to avoid missing the bus, according to George Blakeman, Transportation Coordinator.”