Richmond, Chesterfield schools prepare for new school start times

Richmond, Chesterfield schools prepare for new school start times

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond high schools will be adjusting start times when the new school year starts on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

On Wednesday, Richmond Public Schools said high schools will now start at 7:45 a.m. "to accommodate for transition times between classes due to the size of their building and student body." But over the holiday weekend, Superintendent Jason Kamras gave more clarification on why the sudden time changes are taking place.

Kamras tweeted that students must go to school earlier or face the possibility of losing their accreditation, meaning their diplomas would be worthless.

He cited information about Richmond schools not being in session long enough to meet state education standards. However, the superintendent's decision to change school start times is technically a school board decision. So, the school board will meet Tuesday evening to address the changes.

There are no changes at Open High School; all other high schools will start at 7:50 a.m.

The previous start times for high schools was 8 a.m.

In Chesterfield County, many schools will have new start times after years of discussion.

After a plan was first approved in February 2017, the start times, which were finalized earlier this year, are:

  • 7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.: Middle schools (with the exception of Tomahawk Creek because of extremely long bus rides)
  • 7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.: Bensley, Bon Air, Crenshaw, Clover Hill, Jacobs Road and Wells elementary schools
  • 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: All high schools, Tomahawk Creek Middle, and Alberta Smith, Chalkley, Grange Hall, Matoaca and Salem Church elementary schools
  • 9:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.: All remaining elementary schools

Chesterfield County Public Schools will also begin on Tuesday. Officials will announce any delays or bus updates can be found on the following Twitter handles:

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