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Bell Time Changes: Are They Right for You?

Districts around the nation are looking to make bell time changes but don’t know where to start. There are many things to consider when looking to change bell times, including program demands and growth, meaning transportation teams have to reevaluate and optimize routes and staffing requirements—without disrupting services. One major consideration is the buy-in of administrative staff. While the allocation of resources is a hot topic, many districts find they are seeing higher test scores, mental health improvement, and even decreases in substance abuse—all from altering their bell times.

Having a partner to help districts navigate these decisions can be invaluable. Our experience has helped school districts across the nation, including Denver Public Schools in Colorado, to evaluate the benefits of a change and the best way to move forward. We provided them with a comprehensive analysis of runs and routes using routing software to reduce their routes from 322 to 296. Read our case study here. Our proven record of conducting studies that create realistic solutions for districts of all sizes allow any district to take advantage of our expertise.

Through a bell time change, districts can save time, money, and valuable resources—all while providing students with the things they need to be more successful.


Benefit-to-cost ratio is 9:1*

According to a study done by The Hamilton Project.

 
Benefits of a later school start time
 

We work with school districts to produce up to three options impacting transportation, allowing leaders to choose the best fit. Just as important as the bell schedule analysis, we also evaluate current routes for efficiencies and load capacities as prep work before presenting options on bell schedules. This saves valuable resources to increase a district’s return on investment.


If you’re interested in seeing how a bell time study could help you, contact us today.

 
Bell Time Change School Success Stories
 
Cara Moyle