Philadelphia schools exploring 3-tiered bell schedule

New school times? The School District of Philadelphia is exploring a 3-tiered bell schedule of 7:30 a.m., 8:15 a.m. and 9 a.m.

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- The school district of Philadelphia is exploring the idea now of switching from more than 20 different school start times to a more uniform three-tiered bell schedule for the upcoming school year. The three school start times would be 7:30, 8:15, and 9:00 AM. Superintendent Dr. William Hite says the shift will reduce the amount of time students spend on buses, help streamline routes, and make it easier to maintain enhanced bus cleaning in between trips. He says it'll also help address transportation staffing challenges.

WILLIAM R. HITE: All of the schools that have been operating in person this year-- because we released this last August-- have been utilizing this schedule. So the archdiocese schools--

- Well, some parents have expressed disappointment at how drastically their students' start time might be affected by this. And right now, the district is getting input from school leaders and parents.