New School System Time Change

On January 1, 2022, Loudoun County Public Schools announced that the start and end of the school day will be changing in the 2022-2023 school year. LCPS made this change to ensure safety and reliability in relation to the recent bus driver shortage. Woodgrove, along with all LCPS high schools, will now start at 9:30am and end at 4:18pm

   These recent changes to the schedule have had a mixed response across Woodgrove. Sophomore Nathan Domine states, “Personally, I feel the schedule change is good in the case that I would have a few extra minutes of sleep, but in a sense I also have less time after school to go outside before it becomes dark.” 

   History teacher Mrs. Katherine    Corrado agrees with Domine’s sentiment on the dangers of having the school opened closer to dark. “I think it’s going to be really hard to leave the building for a good portion of the school year when it’s dark.” She also worries that this could cause unsafe conditions in the parking lot.

   Some questions have been raised about how this may affect learning in the classrooms. Domine feels that this will help because starting school later means teachers and students will be more awake at the beginning of the school day. 

    On the other hand, Mrs. Corrado has concerns about how this will affect learning at the end of the day. She feels that students who have to leave early at the end of day due to sports, doctor’s appointments, etc. are going to miss more school than they have in previous years. 

   With the new changes to not only the schedule but the school’s interior, it’s no question our 2022-2023 school year will be very different.

Photo of LCPS buses taken by Andrew Towe