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New School Start Times for 2024-2025

The Princeton School Board has approved changes to school start and end times for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year. Based on recommendations from the Start Times Task Force, all schools will have their schedules shifted 15 minutes earlier next year. The two-tier busing system will remain for the 2024-2025 school year.

We want to extend our sincere gratitude to all the task force members—staff, parents and families, community members — and everyone who contributed their time and perspectives to this study. The task force members spent many hours considering feedback, research, and data to make student-focused and logistically feasible recommendations. Their study worked to resolve four concerns:

  • Current schedules result in too much disruption and inconsistent student access to qualified teachers at the end of the school day for middle and high school students due to after-school activity schedules.

  • Research on start times supports younger students starting earlier and older students starting later (current model).

  • The current two-tier system has had a positive impact by separating elementary and secondary students from a behavioral perspective.

  • Transportation logistics and driver shortages do not support returning to one-tier busing.
     

2024-2025 Bell Schedule Approved by the Board

Building

Current Student Day

New Student Day

Family Center

INDIVIDUAL FAMILY REGISTRATION

Primary School

7:45-2:00

7:30-1:45

Intermediate School

7:45-2:00

7:30-1:45

Middle School

8:50-3:15

8:35-3:15

High School

8:45-3:15

8:30-3:00

Student Services

8:00-2:50

7:45-2:35

 

Future Years

The Start Times Task Force will meet again next year to consider future changes.

We will keep our Start Times Task Force Website and public feedback form open to continue engaging our community on this topic.

Thank you again to everyone who served on the Start Times Task Force and made this collaborative process possible. We are looking forward to positive change ahead. As always, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or thoughts.

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