Richmond changing start times for some high schools

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — With less than a week before classes begin, Richmond Public Schools is changing start times for the majority of their high schools.

Superintendent Jason Kamras confirmed to 8News on Wednesday morning that some high schools will be starting 10 minutes earlier. 

RPS spokesperson Kenita Bowers later told 8News in an email that Huguenot High School will begin at 7:45 a.m., and all other high schools — except for Open High School, which will make no adjustments — will start at 7:50 a.m. 

RPS Chief of Staff Michelle Hudacsko said in a letter to school board members on Wednesday that most high school classes did not have the requisite number of minutes required to obtain credit. 

READ: Hudacsko’s full letter to school board members 

Hudacsko said they’ve been working with principals to make changes to their bell schedules in order to meet the required amount of instructional time. Hudacsko added that principals already had the flexibility to develop schedules that would meet their school’s unique needs.  

Kamras claims the start time change does not need approval from the school board. He also said parents are still being notified, with only six days until classes begin. 

Hudacsko said needed adjustments to the bus route have been posted to the RPS website.

There are no schedule changes for elementary or middle schools. 

Stay with 8News for updates. 

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