FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear Beachwood Parents & Guardians:
attention has been given to the topic of daily start and end times for
students in the respective school buildings since I presented some
proposed times early in June. Many of you have registered opinions and
concerns related to one or more issues affecting your family or your
children. We have heard you and have tried to address many of the topics
the changes in start and end times of the school day will not be as
great as originally considered, some alterations of the school day will
take place at each school (except Fairmount) for 2012-2013. Such changes
are not uncommon. School times at our buildings vary slightly from year
to year depending on a number of factors, most typically the nuances of
the building schedule and the coordination of busing for both public
and private schools.
main focus of building a schedule for any school must be its positive
impact on student learning. Please be assured that the principals and I
see this year's schedules as fulfilling that purpose. A secondary
consideration relates to transportation. While some glitches and delays
related to transportation occur at the inception of each school year in
every school district, personnel in the Beachwood Transportation
Department are determined to make this year a vast improvement over last
year. Accordingly, we have made significant changes in our route
Beachwood High School: 7:50 am - 2:40 pm
2012-2013, the start of school at BHS will shift from 8 am to 7:50 am.
Despite this change, students will arrive at school by bus at the same
times as last year. The student school day will end at 2:40 pm, five
minutes earlier than last year, for a net gain of five minutes. Several
important elements of the new schedule bear mention:
Academy is maintained. It begins at 7:25 am. A Wednesday morning (late
start) Academy involving all teachers will be added from 8:35 am to 9
- The Afternoon Academy option remains.
- Class periods are lengthened slightly. Regular periods shift from 48 to 50 minutes. Blocked classes shift from 80 to 90 minutes.
Beachwood Middle School: 7:45 am - 2:45 pm
sees very little change in scheduling for next year. Essentially, it
shifts five minutes earlier with student starting and ending times of
7:45 am and 2:45 pm.
Hilltop Elementary School: 8 am - 2:45 pm
time shift at Hilltop is 15 minutes. The students will start their day
at 8 am and end at 2:45 pm. The length of the school day for students
Bryden Elementary School: 8:50 am - 3:30 pm
time for students at Bryden Elementary School will move to 8:50 am.
This is 10 minutes earlier than the traditional start time of 9 am.
(Last year only, Bryden Elementary School had a start time of 9:10 am.)
The school day will end for students at 3:30 pm, 10 minutes later than
last year's dismissal time. Thus, the student school day is lengthened
by 30 minutes over last year's. Like the high school, Bryden Elementary
School will be enacting some changes during the upcoming school year.
The additional 30 minutes will be put to good use. Instructional time
will be enhanced and increased in both whole classroom and tutorial
settings. Music time and physical education time will also be extended.
Fairmount Early Childhood Center is not affected by the changes in the other buildings. Its start and end times will remain as they have been in the past.
major benefit of the altered school start and end times is the positive
impact on transportation services. Put simply, we have to coordinate
these times, as well as those of the 12 non-public schools served, so
that our students are transported safely and efficiently. These new
schedules allow us to keep the same driver on elementary school runs for
both mornings and afternoons. They permit the same buses that complete
the Hilltop routes to return to do the Bryden routes. That means that
families whose children attend both Bryden and Hilltop will get to know
one driver instead of multiple drivers. Accordingly, bus drivers will
become better acquainted with their student passengers, their families,
and the respective routes.
small number of Beachwood High School students who ride buses to school
(approximately 70) will be transported on the seven buses that serve
Beachwood Middle School. They will have seats specifically reserved for
them. Prior to moving the sixth grade to Beachwood Middle School in
2007, combining the two schools' bus routes was common practice. Our
high school students have a history of good behavior on the buses; it is
hoped that their presence will have a positive influence on the younger
riders. Any behavioral issues will be dealt with in accordance with the
student code of conduct, which could include loss of riding privileges.
Combining high school and middle school bus routes eliminates the need
to send two buses down the same street 10 minutes apart to pick up high
school and middle school students from the same home.
more punctual scheduling of arrival and departure times at the
respective schools, we plan to reduce the time that students spend
waiting for buses at the end of the day. We also hope to shorten the
actual times that students ride the buses.
are excited for the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Much is
happening in anticipation of the return of our students and staff. You
will be receiving written information about your child's assigned bus
route and pick up time from the Transportation Department by August 10,
2012. I hope that you enjoy the rest of the summer.
Dr. Richard A. Markwardt, SuperintendentBeachwood City School District