Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is making public the results of a recent School Time Survey that asked staff, students and parents to share feedback about how they would be affected by potential bell schedule changes. The survey is an important part of the district’s ongoing efforts to communicate openly and frequently with staff, families and students.
CMS established the School Time Task Force to study current bell schedules and to make recommendations to help inform district leadership about potential changes in bell schedules.
The goal of the survey is to learn how school bell schedules might impact student learning, physical well-being, extracurricular activities and family schedules. The survey also asked participants – parents, staff and students – about any concerns they may have, as well as suggestions for how CMS might best communicate information and gather feedback about any potential bell schedule change.
The School Time Task Force will use the survey results to develop recommendations by June 30 for the superintendent’s consideration. CMS is made up of many schools across a large geographical area. Any change — whether school start/end time, new bus routes or length of school day— has a ripple effect throughout the school system. Therefore, careful consideration must be given to potential ramifications as a result of any change to bell schedules.
The survey was designed by members of the district-appointed School Time Task Force and analyzed by K12 Insight, an independent technology and communications firm. The survey, which was open from April 3-25, had more than 17,000 participants, including more than 11,000 parents, 5,000 staff members and 2,000 students.
See below for complete survey results.