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Centennial's NEW Bell Schedule Starting 2020-21

Centennial Families,

As we wrap up the last week of school, I want to reach out and thank you for your tremendous work in supporting our remote learning this spring. I would like to clarify the bell schedule announcement and how the new bell schedule will impact our Centennial community.

Centennial’s bell schedule will be aligned with the district wide change in bell schedule to push bell times 30 minutes later pending the resumption of normal operations for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. With the addition of Centennial keeping a regular schedule on Wednesdays. Centennial will continue to honor the Extended Day model by extending instructional time on Wednesdays to 3:00 versus the Early Release model of other elementary schools. Centennial will provide professional development days for teachers throughout the school year . These days will be posted on the Centennial school calendar and will be no contact days for students.

Centennial’s BELL SCHEDULE (effective 2020-2021 school year)

Centennial will keep the same schedule on Wednesdays (No Early Release)

Drop-off Time School Star Time School End Time
7:50 am 8:05 am 3:00 pm

Chris Gdowski, our Adams 12 Superintendent, went through the following process to gather feedback as he made the bell schedule decision for the Adams 12 Five Star Community:

Several pieces of information informed my final decision including input from more than 12,000 students, parents and staff members through three surveys and multiple open house events. 

While the vast majority of participants (about 70%) indicated they want to see later bell times, there was no clear consensus on the best solution. Students, staff and parents initially provided feedback on four proposed scenarios. While none of the scenarios were preferred by a significant margin, the cost-neutral option of pushing bell times 30 minutes was preferred more than the others.

Our final survey asked stakeholders to share their preference between maintaining the current bell schedule and pushing bell times 30 minutes. Roughly 56% of all stakeholders indicated a preference for the current schedule and 44% favored the 30-minute push.

The Whys of the Decision

In addition to input from our engagement process, several other pieces of information helped inform my decision to push bell times 30 minutes later beginning next school year.

● Sleep research indicates older students benefit from later start times and currently we’re behind in making this happen. As of the 2017-2018 school year, the average start time for high schools in Colorado was 7:52 a.m., and our current start time is 7:15 a.m.

○ Additionally, we have hundreds of high school students currently getting picked up at their bus stop between 5:55 a.m and 6:20 a.m.

● Our elementary teachers need time before the school day starts to develop lesson plans, and pushing bell times 30 minutes later allows this to happen without reducing student access to school-based co-curricular opportunities after school.

○ 85% of our elementary principals and teacher leaders supported the Elementary Planning Committee’s recommendation to push bell times 30 minutes.

● Pushing bell times 30 minutes later provides a cost-neutral solution which is absolutely necessary given anticipated state funding cuts to our district budget by as much as $42 million due to the economic hardships caused by COVID-19.

For more information, including the “Decision Making Report and Recommendation” from the Bell Schedule Steering Committee, please visit our bell times section on the district website.


Carrie Romero Brugger
Centennial Elementary