Valley Center Schools Try ‘Late Start’

By: Caroline Brady Email
By: Caroline Brady Email

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

An experimental new schedule for teachers in Valley Center is forcing changes in the morning routine for students and parents.

The Valley Center school district is trying the mid-week late start. From now on, all classes will begin one hour late on Wednesdays so teachers can have time for professional learning communities, known as PLCs.

The extra time was a special request by teachers last year and aims to cut the number of full in-service days to two for the entire school year.

Students are able to arrive at school up to 45 minutes before the bell rings while the usual bus routes run one hour late. Administrators say most parents have been supportive. The schools have provided child care services for parents who have to be at work earlier than the "late day" sessions begin.

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