Posted on 01/10/2017
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The Kannapolis City Board of Education has approved new start and dismissal times for the 2017-2018 school year. The new bell schedule is needed because KCS will add a new elementary school in August of 2017 and will launch three new magnet programs.


Beginning next August, Kannapolis Intermediate School will be converted into G.W. Carver Elementary and will become Kannapolis City Schools’ sixth elementary school. It also will become a magnet school and host the A+ Arts magnet programFred L. Wilson Elementary also will become a magnet school and will feature programs in Global Studies and Spanish Language ImmersionMore details about Kannapolis City Schools’ new magnet programs are available by clicking here or by viewing this video.


Under the new schedule approved by the school board, A.L. Brown High School will start at 8:00 a.m., and elementary schools will begin at 8:45 a.m. Kannapolis Middle School will continue to start at 7:15 a.m.


The board adjusted the start/dismissal times for several reasons:

  • When KCS magnet schools open in August of 2017, elementary students from all over the district will be able to attend the new magnet programs. Because students will be coming from all across the district, it will take longer to transport elementary students to school. By adjusting the elementary bell times, it will give buses extra time to pick up students and make sure they arrive at school and get home on schedule.


  • Under the current bell schedule, many students at A.L. Brown High School miss a great deal of class time in order to take part in extra-curricular activities after school. The start times for extra-curricular activities are often set by the state and are based on the fact that nearly all NC high schools have early start and dismissal times. The new bell schedule for A.L. Brown will help improve academic achievement by making sure that students involved in academic and athletic activities after school do not miss as much class time. 


  • Like most school districts, KCS does not have enough buses to transport all students at the same time. That is why the district has multiple start times for schools. KCS needs nearly all of its buses to transport middle school students, and it uses all of its buses to pick up and deliver elementary students. Because some high school students drive to school, KCS can start a few buses on the longer magnet school routes. With the 2017-2018 bell schedule, the buses that are not needed for high school routes will start the longer elementary magnet routes and get those students to school on time.


    As board members approved the start times, they noted that the new bell schedule still might change slightly prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year. That is because families of elementary students that live anywhere within the KCS district will be able to apply to attend the new magnet schools. Students selected to attend the magnet programs will be transported by KCS. Depending on where those students live, KCS might have to make minor adjustments to make sure buses can get those students to school on time.  


    In order to help elementary families with the later start time, KCS plans to provide additional options for before-school child care. KCS is working with the YMCA and other community partners to add in-school sites where children can be dropped off before school begins. More information about these new child care options will be shared with families as the details are confirmed over the next few months.  


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