Georgia Morse Middle School Proposals Reversal Of School Day Start Times To 8:15 AM

(KCCR) — Georgia Morse Middle School is looking to return to an 8:15 am start time for classes in the 2019-2020 school year. Assistant Principal Brandon Lowry says the change last year was made, in part to deal with a larger incoming class size and to keep Teen Time available for kids…

“We knew going into that, that change was going to be difficult for families to adjust, but as we went through the year, many of our student families just were not able to make that adjustment and we saw a rather sharp increase in tardies and first-period absences throughout the year, which throughout each quarter, we had over double the number of unexcused tardies and first-period absences as we did the previous year.”
Lowry says moving the start time up will get more students to class on time…

“If we look at the number of students that are coming into our building, if we start at 8:15, the majority of our students are going to be there.  Even those ones that show up tardy are there prior to that time so I do believe that, that would be a solution.  We will maintain our doors being open at 7:30.  We’re hoping that having a longer time in the morning for students to be in the school will increase with breakfast numbers as a benefit to that.  And then also having access to some of their teachers before school to get help and things like that.”
Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt says appreciates the staff at Georgia Morse working with schedule options to try and avoid the added costs of bringing in more teachers…

“I really appreciate the way you guys…I know we’ve mentioned it, but the way you guys work with your schedule last year because the other solution was to add some additional staff and do some other things and I think for the most part you saw really good results and it worked well, but I think what your doing right now is, is the perfect reaction to, you tried something and, and it…you had an unintended outcome, basically and you’r fixing it, so I think it will work well.”

This change and other to the Middle and High School handbooks will be considered for approval by the Pierre School Board at the Board’s July meeting.