Elementary School Day FAQs

1. What changes to the elementary school day are being considered?

The district is considering starting the school day around 8:00 a.m. and ending the school day at around 3:00 p.m. This is a 30-minute extension of the school day from the current school schedule. The district is also considering implementing a district-wide late start approximately twice a month. This would mean that on late start days, school would begin an hour later at 9:00 a.m. The dismissal time on a late start day would remain at 3:00 p.m.

2. If approved, when will these changes take effect?

The start of the 2020-2021 school year would be the earliest a change would take effect.

3. What are the benefits of extending the school day by 30 minutes for elementary?

The extra time could be used for a wide range of activities to meet both the social-emotional and academic needs of our students.

4. What specific activities are being considered?

o   Additional Unstructured play/Recess

o   More student collaboration

o   Additional hands-on Science lessons and Social Studies stimulations

o   Social-Emotional Learning Activities/Lessons

o   Morning Movement

o   Student Choice Time

o   STEM/STEAM Activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)

o   Genius Hour

o   Inquiry Learning

o   Time to “breathe” in transition of classes


5. What is the purpose of implementing a district-wide late start?

The purpose of the district-wide late start is to provide time for all of our educators to engage in collaborative professional development. Teachers will work in teams called Professional Learning Communities.  They will use this time to review current student data and collaborate on best instructional practices to meet the diverse needs of their students. Educational research indicates that collaborative environments typically see higher student achievement and result in productive work environments. We would schedule the district-wide “Late Start Days” on the same day across all grade levels twice a month.

6. How does the current CCS elementary school day compare with other elementary schools around the area?


School District   

Start Time     

End Time

Total Time

Carmel Clay Schools

8:05 a.m.


6 hrs. 30 min.

Hamilton Southeastern

8:55 a.m.

3:40 p.m.

6 hrs. 45 min.


7:50 a.m.

2:35 p.m.

6 hrs. 45 min.


7:50 a.m.

2:30 p.m.

6 hrs. 40 min.

Washington Twp.

8:30 a.m.

3:30 p.m.

7 hrs. 0 min.

Pike Twp.

8:00 a.m.

3:00 p.m.

7 hrs. 0 min.


8:00 a.m.

2:40 p.m.

6 hrs. 40 min.

Hamilton Heights

(K-2) 8:45 a.m
(3-5)  8:55 a.m.

3:20 p.m.
3:30 p.m.

6 hrs. 35 min.
6 hrs. 35 min.

Lawrence Twp.

8:00 a.m.

2:35 p.m.

6 hrs. 35 min.

7. What is the financial impact of this change?

The change would cost the district around $336,000 per year to pay our elementary instructional assistants and secretaries for an additional 30 minutes each day. Shortening the high school and middle school day may reduce this cost.

8. Will this potential change affect the Carmel Clay Parks & Rec Extended School Enrichment Program?

The additional 30 minutes should not affect the Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Extended School Enrichment program.

9. My child participates in elementary school sponsored clubs and/or athletics. How will this change affect these activities?

This potential change would cause a delay in the start of after school activities by approximately 30 minutes. We do not anticipate any changes in our after school activities.

10. How will this potential change affect transportation?

We will adjust bus routes to the new time schedules. We must have a minimum of a 45-minute window between the elementary and secondary start times to give our transportation department time to complete their first route and start their second route on time.

11. How can I submit my feedback on this potential change to the elementary school day?

You can submit your feedback by clicking here.      
Feedback submission will end on June 26, 2019.