Bell Schedule Review


State Legislators passed a law (SB-328) regarding later start times for schools that will take effect in the fall of 2022. Clovis Unified will need to make changes to the start and end times at nearly all school sites to meet the operational supports and new requirements. (More information about SB-328 can be found here.)

Goals & Parameters

The process is conducted with defined goals of success and established parameters within which schedule changes will be considered.

  • Comply with SB328
  • Minimize disruption to existing schedules where possible
  • Make operational adjustments (transportation, food service, etc.) to support changes

Modified bell schedules should prioritize academic and co-curricular needs, as well as consider operational capacity of the District using the following parameters:
  • Maximize academic options for students
  • Provide co-curricular schedules accessible to all students
  • Work within the existing infrastructure of the District’s transportation, food service, child development, custodial and other operational capacities to the extent possible.
  • Standardize instructional minutes at all schools

Findings & Recommendations

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bell schedule timeline downloadable below

Current Board Policy


    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.

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