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Change in Start and End Times for the 2022-23 School Year

July 14, 2022

Good afternoon, Huskies!

The mission of the Olean City School district is to be a student-centered community of excellence in which all members are challenged to learn, achieve, contribute, and innovate. Based upon careful consideration of the feedback and data collected in the 2021-22 school year, the administrative team has decided to adjust the start and end times for all schools for the 2022-23 school year and onward by shifting everything earlier by twenty minutes.  

When school opens for the 2022-23 school year, all Olean schools will begin twenty minutes earlier than the previous school year. There will be no adjustment to the length of the day. This means school will start twenty minutes earlier than the previous school year, and school will end twenty minutes earlier in all our schools.  

Bus schedules would remain as they currently are in the morning, for the most part.  There will be the usual annual adjustments to pick-up times according to student population changes, and a few 5-1 minutes differences on select bus runs.

The following table illustrates the new start and dismissal times, beginning September 2022. Further details will be provided by your schools.

  Start Time
September 2022 Onward
Dismissal Time
September 2022 Onward
East View Elementary School 7:50 AM 2:30 PM
Washington West Elementary School 7:50 AM 2:30 PM
Olean Middle School 8:04 AM 2:50 PM
Olean High School 8:00 AM 2:44 PM

Why are we making a 20-minute time shift?

  • Student Schedules
    • BOCES CTE:
      • Seniors will be able to take all their required courses at OHS beforeleaving for afternoon BOCES.  Last year, students had to come back fora period, posing issues for scheduling and attendance.
      • Juniors will not have the long wait time in the morning and instead will have time for one class before heading to the CTE center.
  • School Safety
    • There are hundreds of students at OIMS and OHS arriving upwards to an hour before staff arrives and classes begin.  Many are asking why we can't start classes earlier to accommodate them.
    • Our need for hiring morning security staff will drastically decrease.
  • Extra-Curricular Activities and Athletics
    • Bus drivers will have time to complete their runs and then take an athletic trip.
    • There will be fewer instances of students having to be released from classes tomake it on time to athletic contests.
    • In general, an earlier starting time for clubs and activities will permit students toparticipate, accommodating families' schedules.
  • Financial Considerations
    • OCSD paid more than $86,000 to staff for morning supervision during the 2021-22 school year.
    • Additionally, we paid more than $21,000 to contract with private bus companies because our drivers were busy on afternoon runs and could not drive to athletic contests.
  • Parent and Family Convenience
    • Parents have told us they need to drop off children early to make it to work ontime.
    • We are not considering a change at only one school or level.  This is for all Oleanschools.

Why not just change the bus schedule?
With all our transportation factors considered – out-of-district placements, shared transportation with Portville and Hinsdale, driver staffing, etc. – our current routing is optimal.  Drivers would not be able to be back in time, and our afternoon runs would be even later.   This would be a greater hardship for athletic runs, putting a higher reliance on outside contracting.

What's next?
We understand that this change will impact the schedules of both our families and staff members.  We hope that this announcement of next year’s changes to start and dismissal times will allow adequate time for all to plan for the changes ahead. 

Please accept my sincerest gratitude to the community members and staff members who contributed their time, knowledge, ideas, and feedback throughout the planning process for this important initiative.  I thank you for all you have done to support our students’ academics, safety, and well-being.

Questions can be directed to the Superintendent of Schools at (716) 375-8018 or by emailing HuskyStrong@oleanschools.org.

Thank you,

Dr. Genelle Morris

Superintendent of Schools