As Spartanburg District Five prepares to welcome students back on August 15, we are reminding our students, parents and families about the district's new bell schedule, that will impact both start and dismissal times for schools across the district.
The change, approved by the District Five Board of Trustees last school year, will mean a new bell schedule for students and staff at the elementary, middle and high school level. Students and staff in the district's intermediate schools will not be impacted.
The change came after months of research by administrators and district staff. The district also took a close look at traffic patterns and concerns of parents and student drivers, along with the challenges of its current bus transportation system. Several key factors prompted this change:
Enormous growth of the district, increasing the number of student bus drivers
Many district school buses having to run double, and triple routes each day to accommodate the increase in ridership
Increased traffic on many major district roads, which impacts arrival and dismissal for families who transport students by car, and the arrival and leave times of district buses
Challenges facing families who must travel to multiple schools