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Parents get Word that School Bell Times are Changing

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LAS VEGAS --  Some parents around the valley were surprised by an announcement from some school principals that Clark County schools would start classes an hour later beginning with the next school year.

Clark County School District says the information should not have been given to parents because the proposal to change school bell times won't even be voted on until next week.

The principal of Coronado High School posted the message on the school's website and the principal from Del Webb Middle School sent an email to parents.

Coronado parents were told the high school would operate from 8 a.m. to 2:11 p.m., this is a one hour shift later than the current start and end times. Emails from Del Webb told parents the school's start time would change from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Some parents were caught off guard. "I think it's crazy. There's no way for our son to get to school now by us. We're going to try to figure out what to do. My wife's at work and I'm not home at that time yet," said George Fassois, father of a Del Webb student.

Fassois' son is a 7th grader. He says changing the start time to 9 a.m. would completely throw off his families schedule because his wife goes to work at 8 a.m. and drops their son off on her way to work. He wonders where will his son go for that hour before school starts.

The school district says the time change could save them an estimated $10 million a year by streamlining bus routes and coordinating stops in a more structured manner.

Marivic Wiasard is a mother of a 7th grader and says for single parents like her, this new time change would be a nightmare.

"I'm a working mother. Right now I have to drop her off and then go to work. And then I pick her up at 2 p.m. and that's my lunch time. Now I need to get a babysitter afterwards or ask someone to drop her off," said Wiasard.

Jeff Weiler with the Clark County School District says the new start times have not been approved yet. He says they'll discuss the proposed change in next week's school board meeting.

He says they will have a more definitive answer about the change in school times after the legislative session ends in June.

Under the proposal, not all schools have to participate.

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