Category Archives: Hillsborough Schools

Hillsborough County Schools Bell Times: Was a survey “sent to all families”?

Hillsborough County Schools has asked for input from parents.  The Bell Schedule Simulator states “…A survey regarding bell times will be sent to all families during the month of September.”  We did not receive any information sent from the county … Continue reading

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Hillsborough County School Bell Times: An Elapsed Time Increase of 196% and No Alternative?

This post discusses other possible bell schedules.  Increasing time between school bells to as much as 55-75 minutes for every area might not be optimal for all bus routes. What other creative options, like tailoring bell schedules to local needs, … Continue reading

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Hillsborough County School Bell Times: Does Applying a Standard Make Sense?

There has been discussion around the necessity of a standard 55-75 minute elapsed time (the time between school bells). The implication here is that when the elapsed times are too short, buses are late.  While a short elapsed time may contribute … Continue reading

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Last Tuesday’s Hillsborough County School Board Meeting: Was Something Overlooked?

The Hillsborough County School Board voted last Tuesday to approve proposed bell time changes for 2018-2019. The primary reason for the change appears to be resolving late bus arrivals. There was no solution for buses chronically late at schools around the … Continue reading

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School Bell Changes: The Best Solution for Late Buses?

Hillsborough County School District has explained over the last month that bell schedule changes are needed to get kids to school on time.  This is different than other comments that have been provided in the past around why buses are late.  It … Continue reading

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Late Buses and the Quest for Information

Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is proposing a change in bell schedules for the 2018-2019 year that have a variety of impacts. Some of those impacts were explained in the discussion on HCPS Bell Schedule Focus Groups. Below are a couple … Continue reading

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HCPS Bell Schedule Focus Groups: Why Weren’t More Parents Included?

According to data provided by Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) only 12% of focus group participants were parents. The data also indicates 17% of participants were students, and a whopping 71% were employees. While employees may be stakeholders, they may … Continue reading

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