MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - If you live in Madison County, you may have to set those alarm clocks earlier this school year. Staggered start times go into effect next week.
Parents were asked for their input on staggered start and release times back in January.
Madison County Schools Operations Director Dan Evans said this year's new schedule is a result from those meetings.
"We had no choice, in order to provide safe transportation, we had to do something," Evans said. "So, that was why they bought into it."
They are running 19 buses for the elementary schools, then re-running them again for the high schools and middle schools, which will eliminate the overcrowding situations on our buses, and hopefully shorten the time on the bus for students.
In the past, every Madison County school started at the same time.
Now, the little ones- elementary and k-8- will start at 7:45 a.m. The late bell for high schools and large middle schools rings at 8:30 a.m.
"It is going to be a hardship on some of our parents and I understand that and there was a lot of though put into this, to try to minimize that hardship," Evans said. "But the reality of it is, we couldn't keep hauling 70 kids on a bus. We had to get those numbers down, there was no money to buy new buses, so, this was our only alternative."
At the end of the day, safety is the number one priority.
For elementary and k-8 students, that day ends at 2:30 p.m. For high school and middle school students, the day ends at 3:30 p.m.
Parents will be able to drop off their students 30 minutes before school starts.
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