PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla — The Pinellas County School District is once again changing school bell times for at least 12 schools, mostly elementary. It first changed school bell times for most of its schools in 2018.
The measure passed in a school board vote Tuesday.
The recommended changes come after the district bought new routing software for school buses and district officials believe the new times will help maximize the efficiency of each bus route.
According to the school district agenda for April 26, 2022, “Each year, the Transportation Department and the Division of Teaching and Learning Services partner to establish the school opening and closing times for the upcoming school year.”
The changes would begin in the fall of 2022 if approved.
Elementary Schools moving from 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
- Campbell Park
- Fairmount Park
- Gulfport Montessori
- Sandy Lane
Elementary Schools moving from 7:35 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. to 8:45 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.
Moving from 8:55 a.m. - 3:05 p.m. to 9:25 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
- Lake James B. Sanderlin K-8
Moving from 8:45 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. to 9:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
- Perkins Elementary
Moving from 9:40 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. to 9:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
- Clearwater Intermediate
Hillsborough County passed new school bell times four years ago, and Pasco County did in 2021.