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JPS to add 40 minutes to school day in 2018-2019 year

Jackson Public Schools will implement a new bell schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. Source: WLBT Jackson Public Schools will implement a new bell schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. Source: WLBT
Jackson Public Schools will implement a new bell schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. Source: WLBT Jackson Public Schools will implement a new bell schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. Source: WLBT
Jackson Public Schools will implement a new bell schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. Source: WLBT Jackson Public Schools will implement a new bell schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. Source: WLBT
Jackson Public Schools will implement a new bell schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. Source: WLBT Jackson Public Schools will implement a new bell schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Public Schools will implement a new bell schedule for the 2018-2019 school year.

Classes on JPS high school campuses will start at 8:40 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

Classes will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m. on middle school campuses.

As a result of the changes, students will now spend an additional six minutes in each period of class.

The district states the changes will give it more flexibility when scheduling makeup days due to emergency closures.

According to a news release, the district can waive two school days in either semester if the governor declares a state of emergency.

If the governor does not declare a state of emergency, the district will not be forced to make up days as long as they don’t surpass two days.

The changes will also meet the state’s requirement for one Carnegie unit at day 86 instead of 90.

A few parents of JPS students shared their thoughts about the new bell schedule Monday.

Helen Patterson picks up her granddaughter from Murrah High School and said she’s not sure if the new bell schedule will work out with her schedule.

“I have to be at work sometimes at 5:00 and sometimes I have to be there at 3:30 but they changed it because I told them I had to pick my granddaughter up,” Patterson said. “Today, I have to be there at 4:30, so it’s kind of inconvenient at times.”

Patterson said she thinks the new bell schedule will be hard for students to adapt to, adding that her granddaughter already told her she’s not a fan of it.

Tiffany McGill has three children enrolled in JPS and said the new bell schedule may inconvenience some parents but it won’t change much for her schedule.

“It’s not a big issue for me, other than I kind of like getting out later,” McGill said. “The traffic will suck but I’ll have a little more time to do the things I need to do throughout the day.”

Bell schedules will not change on JPS elementary school campuses. 

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