Osbourn High School students will start their school day a little later next year, after the Manassas School Board approved new start and release times for all the city’s schools for 2014-2015.
Under the new schedule, approved by the board at its April 22 meeting, the school day at Osbourn High School will start at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Osbourn’s school day currently begins at 7:20 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m.
Under the new schedule, Metz Middle School students will start their day first, at 7:20 a.m. and be released at 2:20 p.m. Mayfield Intermediate School will start at 7:35 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m.
Dean, Haydon and Round elementary schools will start at 8:35 a.m. and release at 3:45 p.m. and Baldwin and Weems elementary schools will start at 9:05 a.m. and release at 4:15 p.m.
This year, Osbourn students start their school days first, followed by Metz students who attend school from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Baldwin and Weems elementary school students who attend from 7:55 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., Dean, Haydon and Round elementary school students who attend from 8:20 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. and Mayfield students who attend from 8:50 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Manassas school officials recommended the schedule change to prepare for the new Baldwin elementary and intermediate schools, set to open in 2016.
The school board voted to implement the changes in the upcoming school year and to make changes as necessary in the following years.
In addition to making room for the new Baldwin schools, school officials wanted to make changes to allow high school students to start their day later.
The Manassas School Board’s academic committee asked school division staff “to investigate the potential for changing Osbourn High School’s start time to later in the day due to supporting research and other Virginia public school divisions” implementation of later starts for their high schools,” according to school board background documents.
Locally, high schools in Prince William County and Manassas Park still start their day in the 7 a.m. hour. The Fairfax County School Board is currently considering changing its high school start times. At a meeting last week, the Fairfax board was presented with several options which would push the high school start times back to between 7:50 and 9 a.m.
The Fairfax board is now soliciting public feedback on those proposals and has not yet made a decision.
In Manassas, school officials held a public hearing on the start times April 9 and solicited feedback from parents and other community members via email.