Boston Public Schools Not Changing School Times

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- A proposed school start time change by the Boston Public Schools has been scrapped. 

In a letter to the school community by Tommy Chang, Superintendent for Boston Public Schools, they have decided not to shift school start times in the 2018-2019 school year.

"After reflecting on this feedback, we understand that while the new schedule would achieve our goal of supporting academic success for all ages, the shifts to many school start times caused a more significant disruption to family schedules than we intended," Chang said. 

You can read his full letter to school community here 

The decision not to implement this new schedule in the academic year by BPS comes after a series of heated community town-hall style forums where parents expressed frustration and concern on how the the schedule change might affect students.

Back on December 6, the Boston School Committee approved new start and end times for schools across the city. The proposal would have had high school begin class after 8 a.m., allowing the students more time to sleep in. BPS said under this new proposal nearly $5-Million Dollars in school bus costs could have been saved.

However, it left more than 3 dozen elementary schools across the city to start class at 7:15 a.m.  

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Lana Jones and Rod Fritz report. 

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