Q. Why do we have to make these changes?
A. The district must make changes to its schools' bell schedules to comply with California's new law (SB328) requiring secondary schools to move their start times later in the morning. Intermediate schools must start no earlier than 8 a.m. and high schools must start first period no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Q. If the law is for secondary schools, why are elementary schools changing bell schedules too?
A. Because we are a K-12 district that relies on a common infrastructure of transportation, food service, custodial and other services to schools, the needed adjustments to our secondary (intermediate and high school) schedules will impact many of our elementary bell schedules.
Q. What about zero periods that are held before school starts?
A. Zero period classes will still be allowed to take place prior to a school's official start time.
Q. When will the new bell schedule become effective?
A. Changes will become effective with the start of the 2022-23 school year. Following meetings at every school, feedback will be gathered and reviewed by a committee Fall of 2021. Recommendations will be made to the Clovis Unified Governing Board later this year, and the Board will finalize exact school start and end times, and co-curricular and zero period schedules by the end of January 2022. This timeline will allow families time to prepare for how these changes might impact their routines in the next school year and register for classes.