How will different school bell times affect your family?

Waterloo Region District School board plans to move school start times earlier for high schools and later for some elementary schools starting next year.

Waterloo Region District School board to start high school days earlier

Waterloo Region District School Board trustees voted 8 to 2 Monday night to change school bell times starting next fall. That means almost all public high schools will start 20 minutes earlier and some elementary schools will start 20 minutes later. (iStock)

Waterloo Region District School Board trustees voted 8 to 2 Monday night to change bell times at high schools and some elementary schools, in an effort to trim more than $1 million from its budget. 

The changes mean 15 out of 16 public high schools will begin classes up to20 minutes earlier, while some public elementary schools will begin classes 20 minutes later. 

Superintendent Nick Landry, the Waterloo Region District School Board's manager of enrolment, told The Morning Edition host Craig Norris that the changes will allow the board to save money on transportation costs through having elementary and high school students share buses. 

"We are in a $4 million deficit and part of that is every year we spend a million dollars more on student transportation than we receive from the province of Ontario. So immediately when you have to balance your budget, you have to look at where you're overspending and transportation is one of those areas."

For more, check out our live chat from this morning and see what local residents had to say on the topic.


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