6 schools undergo minor start time changes

NASHUA – Six Nashua elementary schools will see minor adjustments in when they start and end the school day, according to Assistant Superintendent Garth McKinney.

Amherst Street, Broad Street, Dr. Crisp, Fairgrounds, Ledge Street and Mount Pleasant Elementary schools will now start the day at 8:15 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m., McKinney said. This is a discrepancy of five-to-10-minutes from previous years, depending on the school.

The reasons for the change were twofold, McKinney said. The first reason is to align the times for ease of transportation.

The Nashua School District operates as a three-tiered time system. The high schools, which start at 7:20 a.m. and dismiss at 2:03 p.m., are the first tier. The second tier includes the six aforementioned elementary schools, as well as the three middle schools, which go in at 8 a.m. and release at 2:43 p.m. The third tier, consisting of the late-start elementary schools, includes Bicentennial, Main Dunstable, Birch Hill, Charlotte Avenue, New Searles and Sunset Heights Elementary schools. Sessions at these schools start at 9:00 a.m. and go until 3:25 p.m. Kindergarten starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes to 2:55 p.m. with the exception of Main Dunstable which runs 8:15 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

The other reason for the change, McKinney said, was to align the six schools in a way that on early release days, the schools will all dismiss at the same time, allowing for more comprehensive grade-wide professional development. This will help coordinate better district-wide professional development and communication, he said.

Principals learned of the change in June, as they were to spread the information to families.

The first day of school for students is Tuesday.

More information on the district’s start times can be found at www.nashua.edu.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or hlaclaire@nashuatelegraph.com.