Columbia High Schools To Start Later

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia’s public high schools will begin an hour later when school starts in the fall.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the Columbia Board of Education has approved a transportation plan that will change start times for all district schools.

Under the plan, Columbia’s middle schools will start at 7:30 a.m. and release at 2:35 p.m. Most elementary schools will start at 8:20 a.m. and get out at 3:20 p.m.

High schools will start at 9 a.m. and dismiss shortly after 4 p.m. They had been starting at 8 a.m.

The decision comes as the Columbia school district switches from staggering drop-off and pickup times among two groups of students, to staggering the times among three groups.

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