By Richard Bammer
Vacaville Unified officials have proposed later start times for the school district’s elementary and middle schools, a plan, if approved by the governing board, that would affect thousands of students and parents and hundreds of teachers across the city.
Unveiled at the Feb. 4 trustees meeting, the plan, said Mark Frazier, the district’s chief academic officer, is “the start of a conversation,” that may result in a proposal for a timeline to implement the change, possibly at the board’s March 3 meeting.
In a computerized slide presentation, Frazier showed off a sample start schedule for five elementary schools and the district’s two middle schools.
Basically, the plan calls for the five elementary schools to begin classes 15 minutes earlier, from 8 to 8:30 a.m., depending on the school, and the middle schools to start 50 minutes later, at 8:40 and 8:45 a.m., respectively.