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LATE START IMPLEMENTATION

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Odessa R-VII Families:  

As previously communicated, the survey responses in favor of implementing a late start were overwhelming, at around 83% in favor of the idea.  The most recent email also speculated that there would likely not be a change until the 2020-21 school year.  However, there continues to be a number of school days that could be in session if a two-hour late start was in place.  That being said, this will be an official possibility starting February 3 After that date, there could be a cancellation of school or a late start.  We hope that having this information ahead of time will allow families to make any necessary plans for children on these days.

A late start will mean that everything is simply pushed back TWO HOURS later than normal.  The only exceptions to the 2-hour delay are SOAR which will open at 7:00 and the Childcare Center, which will open at 8:00.   Breakfast will not be served on late start days, except for the students at SOAR. More detailed information about class schedules at OHS & OMS will be communicated to those students.

As an example, if your child rides a bus and is picked up at 6:45, they will be picked up at 8:45 on a late start day...... If the building doors usually open at 7:30, they will open at 9:30...... If the start time is usually 7:50, it will be 9:50 on a late start day..... and so on.

Again, a late start could be possible beginning February 3The two hour late start only impacts the morning routine, school will dismiss at the regular dismissal time.

Thank you!

Dr. Jon Oetinger

Superintendent