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Nov 4, 2016 11:09 AM

Elementary, older students could share school bus after Oyster River gets later start time


DURHAM — Middle and high school students in the Oyster River Cooperative School District get to sleep in a little longer, but this could also mean elementary students will be riding the bus with the older students.

READ: Oyster River schools to discuss starting middle and high students at later time

The Oyster River Cooperative School District has approved the middle and high school to start roughly 45 minutes later than the current schedule starting next fall, Fosters reported. The elementary school will not see any time changes.

This time change allows for teenagers to gain more sleep after students are kept up at night with busy schedules and homework loads, Superintendent James Morse said.

The proposal was approved Wednesday on a 6-1 vote to start the middle and high school day around 8:15 a.m. and end at about 3 p.m. Currently students attend classes from 7:35 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This change will require new bus routes and potentially more drivers. Middle and high school students would ride separately from elementary students in the morning, but in the afternoon all three age groups could share a single bus depending on the routes.

Logistics around the bus routes and the exact times for the new schedule will be finalized in the coming months.

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