New Arrival and Dismissal Times 2017-18

Gilbert Heights school hours:

Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri

  • 8:40 am – arrival/breakfast
  • 9:00 am – students may enter classrooms
  • 9:10 am – instruction begins
  • 9:15 am – official tardy bell
  • 3:30 am – dismissal

Late Start Wed

  • 9:40 am – arrival/breakfast
  • 10:00 am – students may enter classrooms
  • 10:10 am – instruction begins
  • 9:15 am – official tardy bell
  • 3:30 am – dismissal

The David Douglas School District changed its school starting times for the school year by about 10-15 minutes, depending on grade levels. The new school start and end times and will begin in September with the first day of the 2017-18 school year.

This past year, our buses had a difficult time making it to schools and bus stops on time, causing frequent disruptions. For instance, buses carrying secondary students were often not able to complete their routes in time to get to their elementary schools when they were supposed to be there.

The reasons for this are many. Like school districts across the state and country, David Douglas is facing a shortage of bus drivers, which limits the number of buses that can be running at any one time. In addition, traffic in recent years has grown much more busy and slower.

We must create more time between the start and end times of elementary, middle and high school levels. An additional benefit of doing this is that more buses can be deployed for each level, which allows us to streamline our routes, making the trips to and from school shorter.

We understand that change can take time to get used to, and that these changes may in turn cause changes to your home or work schedules. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

Your child’s school will be communicating more with you about these changes and any bus route changes as the new school year approaches.

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