Elementary school students in the Chambersburg Area School District could end up going to school much earlier in the future and high school students could get some extra shut-eye, but they will all get to sleep on it for at least another year.
The Chambersburg School Board on Wednesday discussed flipping the schedules of elementary and secondary students, but decided there was too much groundwork to be done with parents to try to make the change in the 2008-09 school year.
The district is exploring ways to add more instructional time to the elementary school year, currently at the minimum of 900 hours, Superintendent Joseph Padasak said. The change also could cut down on the time students spend on buses and result in more alert high school students.
Currently, elementary schools start the day at about 8:30 a.m., a time that varies slightly from one school to another, and end at about 2:30 p.m. The proposal outlined by Patty Jacobs, an assistant principal at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, would have those students start at 7:50 a.m., while still ending at about 2:35 p.m.