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Sun, Jan. 19

Jacks: Some Kingman schools will have new start times

KINGMAN - The first day of school is less than a week away, and parents of Kingman Unified School District elementary students may be surprised to find out their kids possibly need to be to school at a different time than last year.

This is the first year of KUSD's rotating bell schedule, which puts area elementary schools on different start schedules for a period of three years. After the three-year period is up, the schedules are rotated. Local middle schools and the high school will not be affected by the changes.

KUSD Superintendent Roger Jacks said this was implemented to make it more convenient for parents, who work early, to get their kids to school.

"We're trying to spread opportunity around," Jacks said.

So far, Jacks has received one complaint from a parent whose child goes to a school that will start days later than last year. It will be difficult for some parents, Jacks said. But that's what the rotation is for.

Manzanita and Palo Christi will start at 7:35 a.m., Hualapai and La Senita will start at 8:35 a.m. and Black Mountain and Cerbat will start at 9 a.m. All start times are for grades 1-5, and drop times occur 20-minutes earlier, which gives students the chance to get some school breakfast if they need it.

Late-start Wednesdays remain in effect.

Although KUSD schools start on Thursday, each elementary has a "Meet Your Teacher" night scheduled for Wednesday. Black Mountain's is from 4-6 p.m., Cerbat and Palo Christi's is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Hualapai and La Senita's is from 5-6 p.m., and Manzanita's is 5:30 to 7 p.m. By going to the open houses, parents can get information about the supplies teachers recommend for the first day and beyond.

Parent support, a good night's sleep and breakfast can help ease children into the first day of school as well, Jacks said. Some students will be excited while others apprehensive about the new school year, and the sense of well-being created with sleep and breakfast can go a long way, he said.

Starting school on Thursday gives students the opportunity to get acclimated with their new teachers those first two days and sets them up for a normal school week starting Aug. 15, Jacks explained.

Out in Hackberry, Cedar Hills School starts 7:15 a.m. Tuesday for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Furthermore, K-5 students start at 7:35, and all students get out at 3:30 p.m.

Cedar Hills' open house takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday.

It's going to be a big year for Cedar Hills, as it recently reopened the middle school portion of the school.

"Our goal is to create self-sufficient students, both academically and socially," said Carol McCain, the school's administrator.

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