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Schedule Adjustment for Middle School

Middle School Families -

As we prepare for the final trimester of the school year and the opening of the brand-new middle school, we wanted to notify you of a scheduling adjustment that we will be trialing for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. Through collaboration with our transportation department, we were able to come up with a dismissal plan that will help us address two key areas. The first area that the new plan will address is the time it will take for dismissal at the new building when we have three grade levels (6-8). The way the campus is set up and the addition of a new grade level will require us to revisit the timing of dismissal so that we do not impact our younger elementary learners (which is the second area of focus). The adjustment to our dismissal time will help with elementary student bus runs by building a little more time between secondary and elementary dismissal to ensure buses get to the elementary schools on time, and students get home safely and in a timely manner. 

Prior to the pandemic, middle school students were dismissed prior to high school students, so this is not an unfamiliar schedule for our building. Below is a breakdown of our dismissal plan for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.

New Dismissal Plan for GHMS

  • Plan will begin on Monday, March 7.
  • GHMS will start dismissal at 2:20 PM
    • Students will load buses and leave for the HS for the afternoon run.
    • Parent pickup will begin at 2:20. Students will be supervised until they are picked up.
    • On early dismissal days, we will dismiss at 12:10 PM. The first early dismissal day with this schedule is March 18.
  • Students who ride the bus in the afternoon will now be dropped off at their bus stops approximately 10 minutes earlier.
  • This plan does not impact the morning transportation arrangements.
  • This plan does not impact any other building.
  • Simply put, this is a trial run where we dismiss the middle school first so that we can ensure students get to their buses on time, and home safely. It will also help ensure buses are at the elementary buildings at their scheduled time.

We greatly appreciate your flexibility as we prepare for our transition to the new middle school. This trial will allow us to collect data to decide on the best way to move forward with our new 6-8 grade building.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the middle school.

Denis Quirk
MS Principal