2020/2021 Start of Year Info (New Start/Release Times, Bus Times)
New School Start Times for 2020-21
February 28, 2020
Dear Midway families,
I would like to inform you of some upcoming changes to school start times beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.
For years we have had a staggered start time for elementary, intermediate, middle, and high schools, which was spread out slightly further in 2019. This gap in time between grade levels has helped our departments run efficiently as well as allowed for families to get multiple children to school in a timely manner.
However, the number of students and the expansion of neighborhoods throughout our District has increased dramatically in recent years. This has led to increased traffic in and around our schools. Traffic, coupled with continued road construction in our community, has sometimes caused both District buses and commuting families to arrive late to school. The amount of heavy traffic in main corridors can lead to significant safety concerns for all drivers and pedestrians alike. As always, student safety is our first priority at Midway ISD.
In an effort to alleviate frenzied morning traffic, we will expedite elementary and intermediate start times by 20 minutes and delay the secondary start times by 15-20 minutes. The adjusted times are as follows:
This gap between start times addresses and mitigates multiple issues:
This change will go into effect in August 2020 and complies with TEA-required minutes of instruction at each grade level. Our plan includes shortening bus routes so elementary bus routes will not begin earlier than they do currently, which is 6:30 a.m. Campus doors will open at 7:00 a.m. (elementary/intermediate) and 7:30 a.m. (secondary) to allow for breakfast service and for parents’ commutes to work.
We hope this much-needed change will provide ample time for safer, calmer commutes. Expect more information and a reminder from your campus principal as the new school year begins in August of 2020. If you have any questions, feel free to call your campus principal. Thank you for your support of Midway children and schools.