Waco: Midway ISD adjusts school start times to mitigate traffic congestion

Published: Feb. 28, 2020 at 2:41 PM CST
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The Midway Independent School District is changing school start times beginning in the 2020-2021 school year to help parents deal with increased traffic congestion and road construction delays, Superintendent George Kazanas said Friday.

The district will expedite elementary and intermediate start times by 20 minutes and delay start times for secondary schools by 15-20 minutes, Kazanas said.

"The number of students and the expansion of neighborhoods throughout our District has increased dramatically in recent years," Kazanas said.

"This has led to increased traffic in and around our schools. Traffic, coupled with continued road construction in our community, has sometimes caused both District buses and commuting families to arrive late to school."

Next school year, doors at all elementary and intermediate schools will open at 7 a.m.

The start of the school day at elementary and intermediate schools will now be at 7:40 a.m.

Elementary students will be released at 3 p.m. Intermediate students will be released at 3:05 p.m.

Doors at all middle and high schools will open at 7:30 a.m.

Classes for middle school students will begin at 8:25 a.m.

Classes for high school students will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Middle and high school students will be released at 4 p.m.

This change will go into effect in August 2020, Kazanas said.

"We hope this much-needed change will provide ample time for safer, calmer commutes."