LATE START IMPLEMENTATION
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 3. The two hour late start only impacts the morning routine, school will dismiss at the regular dismissal time.
Dr. Jon Oetinger