IPS Asking Parents To Take Online Survey For Staggered School Start Times
INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Public Schools are asking parents and guardians of student to take an online survey to help the district select the best busing and transportation schedule for the 2018-19 school year.
The feedback from the survey, which covers only two options, will be used by the IPS Board of School Commissioners to cast their vote during the Board Action Session on Apr. 26.
The online survey will be available until 6 p.m. Friday, Apr. 13 at myips.org.
One of the original transportation options was a later start time for high school students based on recent research that shows older students typically do better when they start and end school at a later time.
But Manny Mendez, the IPS Transportation Director, says the feedback he’s received from parents says that option wasn’t a good fit for the majority of IPS families who attended the meetings and completed the original survey because many high school students have after-school jobs or are relied upon to babysit their younger brothers and sisters.
The new survey focuses on the two different transportation options: a two-tier model and a three-tier model.
The two-tier model provides one universal start time for elementary schools and one universal start time for students in middle, innovation and high schools, while the three-tier model offers one universal start time for students in middle and high school, two different start times for innovation schools and two different start times for elementary schools
IPS says Herron, Riverside and Purdue Polytechnic High Schools will not be affected by the 2018-19 Transportation Model because students use IndyGo for bus service to and from school.