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Wake-up call no longer needed for secondary start times
It seems to take teenage brains a little longer to kick in during the morning so School District 79 has opted for a slight change to school starting and finishing times.
"The entire district was revamped,'' said Superintendent Joe Rhodes. "As a general rule, the elementary (students) are getting out earlier and the secondary later. It varies from school to school how much it's adjusted.''
All secondary schools are now starting at or close to 9 a.m.
The biggest change is at Cowichan Secondary School where the Grade 10-12 students used to begin classes at 8 a.m., but they will now be in school from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Cowichan Secondary dual campus principal Charlie Coleman noted the change not only supports research on teenage brains, but was also made to find efficiencies in the transportation system.
"We start one hour later. Lunch is one hour later. Lunch is 15 minutes longer to accommodate the dual campus (Quamichan),'' he pointed out. "So the end of day is one hour, 15 minutes later. Our new times align closely to most high schools in Victoria.
"We won't know the pros, cons or challenges until we try it.''
Coleman added a prior newspaper ad cited an incorrect lunchtime at Cowichan. It actually runs from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Elementary starting times range from 8:20 a.m. at Khowhemun, Maple Bay and Ecole Cobble Hill elementary to 9 a.m. at Palsson and Chemainus elementary, with all the other schools falling in between.
The full list of the starting and finishing times is listed on the School District 79 website.
"It's a work in progress,'' said official trustee Mike McKay. "We need to be sensitive to change.''