WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (WJCC) announced they are making temporary changes to school hours to help fix the ongoing transportation issues that have caused delays.
Starting on September 20, the school division said they will test out a 5 to 10-minute change to the school start and end times to allow more time for bus drivers to get to and from school. They say the change will last until September 30.
At the end of the two-week period, the district will determine if the schedule change should remain in place until the end of the school year.
On October 1, the district announced the 5-10-minute change to school hours will remain in place for the first semester following a successful two-week pilot.
The school district confirmed since the school time change was implemented, they have seen a noticeable improvement to on-time afternoon bus service. During the week of September 26, officials say more than 75% of buses were on time and ready to pick up students when the dismissal bell rang.
The school district is also consolidating some neighborhood bus stops to reduce the frequency that buses need to stop and start during the route.
Students should plan to arrive at their bus stops 5-10 minutes earlier in the mornings for the new schedule change.
WJCC listed the schools with the temporary hours:
Tier 1 – High Schools
Jamestown, Lafayette, and Warhill: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Tier 2 – Middle and Elementary Schools
Lois S. Hornsby, James Blair, Berkeley, and Toano: 8 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
D.J. Montague, James River, Stonehouse: 8:55 a.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Tier 3 – Elementary Schools
Clara Byrd Baker, J. Blaine Blayton, Laurel Lane, Matoaka, Matthew Whaley, and Norge: 9:40 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Bright Beginnings preschool times will not change during this period.
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