AACPS School Start and Dismissal Times - School Year 2022-2023

  • School Start/Dismissal TimesIn October 2021, following a series of discussions about creating healthier school start and dismissal times for students and work by a consultant hired to examine changes in bus transportation routes, the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County formally approved a shift for the 2022-2023 school year. The Board of Education directed that schools move to a bell schedule where elementary schools will begin between 8 and 9 a.m., middle schools will begin between 8:30 and 9:15 a.m., and high schools will begin at 8:30 a.m.

    This chart - in draft format and updated as of May 11, 2022 - lists the anticipated start and dismissal times for all county schools next year. Exact bus stop times will not be finalized for several months, and those may slightly shift some of the school hours reflected on this page.

    The work by Prismatic Services, Inc., the consultant hired by the Board to create efficiencies in student bus transportation, will also result in fewer bus stops throughout the county. That will potentially mean longer distances from home to a bus stop for some students. Additionally, the new hours will mean shifts in school meal and athletics schedules, and changes to child-care operations and co-curricular activities throughout the county. Superintendent George Arlotto has already begun assembling an implementation team to oversee the project and work through the various internal and external logistical aspects of this change.

     

  • What prior work has been done on the topic of later school hours in Anne Arundel County Public Schools?

    In 2014, AACPS established the School Start Times Task Force to examine this issue. The task force was comprised of individuals from inside and outside the school system and its work resulted in several recommendations to change school hours. The work of the School Start Times task force can be found here.

  • What information has the Board of Education received from its consultant, Prismatic Services, Inc., regarding bus routing and school hours?

    Prismatic Services, Inc., with which the Board contracted to find efficiencies in the student transportation system, has worked with Anne Arundel County Public Schools staff to finalize bus stop times and locations for the coming school year. Prismatic has made three public presentations to update the Board of Education and public at large on the project.

  • Some students will be walking longer distances to school bus stops and others may be walking to school for the first time next year. Can you share any advice to relieve anxiety and assist families?

    The Safe Routes to School program has an extensive array of resources available on its website here. Of particular interest to families may be the Walking School Bus program. Information on that program can be found here.

  • Are all school hours changing in the 2022-2023 school year?

    While some schools will end up keeping their same hours, school hours will generally be banded by level in the 2022-2023 school year. Classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. at all comprehensive high schools, 9:15 a.m. at all comprehensive middle schools, and between 8 and 8:30 a.m. at all comprehensive elementary schools.

  • How will the current bus driver shortage be impacted by the shift in school hours

    The shift in school hours is independent of the issues related to the bus driver shortage. However, the work by Prismatic Services, Inc., the consultant hired by the Board to create efficiencies in student bus transportation, will also result in fewer bus stops throughout the county. That will potentially mean longer distances from home to a bus stop for some students. 

  • How will families who will require child care as a result of the change in school hours be accommodated?

    AACPS realizes the school hours shift will necessitate child care arrangements for families who have not required that service before. Families should begin to seek out those services now. AACPS is discussing ways to connect child-care providers with families.

    The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks operates School Age Child Care programs in many AACPS schools. For information about these programs, click here.

  • Will high school athletics schedules have to altered to accommodate the shift in school hours?

    Yes. The AACPS Office of Athletics is working with athletic directors around the county to create the best possible schedules for the 2022-2023 school year. Traditional “tripleheader” events, with three games at a single site on a single day, may no longer be possible.

  • What is the impact of later school hours on school staff?

    Read the Sleep Research Society study here

School Hours Information Sessions

  • Board of Education members will take part in a series of information sessions to provide more details about school hours in their districts. Sessions will last 45 minutes and will be streamed on  AACPS’ YouTube channel

    The schedule of information sessions will be listed on this page when session times are finalized. Videos will be posted on this site following the sessions.

Organizations in Support of Healthier School Hours

  • The following organizations have indicated their support, through position statements or research, for healthier school hours based on evidence indicating that healthier school hours have a positive impact on students. Links to those policy and position statements are listed below.