Last night, the School Board approved bell schedules for each school. The times will be posted this week on school websites.
The annual summer meal program will offer free breakfast and lunch to children this summer. Any child under 18 can receive free breakfast and lunch at eight lunch locations and two breakfast locations from June 20 and Aug. 25.
The traditional South Albany High School Senior Walk was today. The annual event is part of the graduation rehearsal schedule. Students were bused to their lower-grade schools before finishing graduation ceremony preparations at the Linn County Expo Center.
Today, students visited Lafayette, Sunrise, South Shore, Timber Ridge, Periwinkle and Oak elementary schools and Calapooia Middle School.
The official graduation ceremony was tonight.
Adjustments have been made to the bell schedules at all schools. The changes will be in place when school starts in the fall.
The changes will reduce differences in start and stop times among same-level schools. Elementary schools will be in two bell schedule groups rather than nine different schedules, and they will gain 20 minutes of instructional time per day. Middle schools will all start and stop at the same time.
Research has shown that students benefit from more sleep, but the natural sleep and wake cycles are later for older students and earlier for younger students. Adjusting the schedule will allow older students to start a little later in the day.
The changes are also expected to make the district transportation system more efficient.