The Canby School District is reminding parents and students of the new schedules for the 2022-23 academic year, with the school days for middle and high school students starting and ending later than those at elementary schools and Ninety-One.
The change, which was first announced in January, effectively shifted the start time for CHS and BPMS students one hour later — from 7:40 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. — while the day for elementary and Ninety-One School students will begin one hour earlier: 8 a.m. instead of the previous start time of 9 a.m.
District officials said the change was based on educational best practices for student achievement, with research showing that adolescents naturally stay up and wake up later than children ages 5 to 11 and that later start times can help improve their educational performance and success.
Officials worked with stakeholders throughout the decision-making process, including the school board and bus service (Student Transportation of America, or STA), students, parents, teachers and administrators.
Next school year, Canby students will also have one-hour early release each Wednesday, which will replace the traditional late start. Teachers and staff will continue to work during this time, meeting to evaluate student data and planning ways to improve student learning.
Director of Communications Kristen Wohlers said research shows this type of collaborative time is effective as a tool for school improvement, with at least one expert calling it “the most powerful professional development and change strategy available.”
To help with the transition for families, the district is planning to implement a low-cost after-school child care program to serve Canby elementary schools from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (1:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays).
“This comes as a result of listening to families when we asked for your thoughts on shifting school times,” Wohlers explained.
In order to launch this program, the district is seeking to hire site leads and child care assistants. Those interested in applying may do so online at canby.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx.
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