School Start and Dismissal Times

Bell schedules

Please contact your school if you have questions. Schools are listed with start times first, followed by dismissal times.

For preschool start and dismissal times, please contact the Early Childhood Education program.

 

Changes at some schools in the 2022-23 school year

Some schools will shift their bell schedules when the 2022-23 school year begins. Those schools have new start and end times noted below their current times. FAQs about these changes are listed below.

 

Elementary Schools

  • Bacon: 7:45 a.m., 2:23 p.m.
  • Bamford: 7:45 a.m., 2:23 p.m.
  • Bauder: 8:50 a.m., 3:28 p.m.
  • Beattie: 8:50 a.m., 3:28 p.m.
  • Bennett: 8:50 a.m., 3:28 p.m.
  • Bethke: 8:50 a.m., 3:28 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 8 a.m.; 2:38 p.m.
  • Cache La Poudre: 8:10 a.m., 2:55 p.m.

    • New 2022-23 times: 7:50 a.m.; 2:35 p.m.

  • Dunn: 8:50 a.m., 3:28 p.m.

  • Eyestone: 8:12 a.m., 2:55 p.m.

    • New 2022-23 times: 7:45 a.m.; 2:23 p.m.

  • Harris: 7:55 a.m., 2:38 p.m.

  • Irish: 8:50 a.m., 3:35 p.m.

    • New 2022-23 times: 8:55 a.m.; 3:33 p.m.

  • Johnson: 8:50 a.m., 3:28 p.m.
  • Kruse: 8:50 a.m. - 3:28 p.m.
  • Laurel: 7:45 a.m., 2:23 p.m.
  • Linton: 8:50 a.m., 3:28 p.m.
  • Livermore: 8:25 a.m., 3:03 p.m,
  • Lopez: 8:50 a.m., 3:28 p.m.
  • McGraw: 7:45 a.m., 2:23 p.m.
  • O'Dea: 9:00 a.m., 3:38 p.m.
  • Olander: 7:45 a.m., 2:23 p.m.
  • Polaris: 8:15 a.m., 3:15 p.m.
  • Putnam: 8:55 a.m., 3:38 p.m.
  • Red Feather: 8:55 a.m., 3:33 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 9 a.m.; 3:38 p.m.
  • Rice: 8:55 a.m., 3:40 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 8:25 a.m.; 3:03 p.m.
  • Riffenburgh: 8:05 a.m., 2:48 p.m.
  • Shepardson: 8:45 a.m., 3:23 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 8:55 a.m.; 3:33 p.m.
  • Stove Prairie: 8:47 a.m., 3:25 p.m.
  • Tavelli: 8:50 a.m., 3:28 p.m.
  • Traut: 8:25 a.m., 3:05 p.m.
  • Timnath: 7:45 a.m., 2:23 p.m.
  • Werner: 8:50 a.m.,  3:28 p.m.
  • Zach: 8:15 a.m., 2:53 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 8:05 a.m.; 2:43 p.m.

 

Middle Schools

 

  • Blevins: 8:05 a.m., 2:55 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 7:50 a.m.; 2:45 p.m.
  • Boltz: 8:05 a.m., 2:55 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 7:50 a.m.; 2:45 p.m.
  • Cache La Poudre: 8:05 a.m., 2:55 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 7:50 a.m.; 2:40 p.m.
  • Kinard: 8:15 a.m., 3:10 p.m.
  • Lesher: 8:00 a.m., 2:55 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 7:50 a.m.; 2:45 p.m.
  • Lincoln: 8:05 a.m., 3:00 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 7:50 a.m.; 2:45 p.m.
  • Polaris: 8:15 a.m., 3:18 p.m.
  • Preston: 8:05 a.m., 2:55 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 7:50 a.m.; 2:45 p.m.
  • Webber: 8:05 a.m., 2:55 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 7:50 a.m.; 2:45 p.m.
  • Wellington: 8:05 a.m., 3:02 p.m.

 

High Schools

  • Centennial High: 8:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.
  • Fort Collins High: 9:00 a.m., 4:10 p.m.
  • Fossil Ridge High: 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m.
  • Polaris: 8:00 a.m., 3:01 p.m.
     
  • Poudre Community Academy: 8:25 a.m., 3:25 p.m., Monday - Thursdays; and 8:25 a.m., 2:25 p.m. on Fridays 
  • Poudre Global Academy: 8:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
  • Poudre High: 8:55 a.m., 4:05 p.m.
    • New 2022-23 times: 9:05 a.m.; 4:10 p.m.
  • Rocky Mountain High: 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m.
     

 

 

2022-23 Bell Changes FAQS

Bell schedule changes at some schools in the 2022-23 school year are a result of the district opening two new middle/high schools in Timnath and Wellington in August and adding new bus routes to and from those schools, which has ripple effects at other schools. 

PSD had plans to open the two new middle/high schools in Wellington and Timnath even before voters approved the 2016 bond funding their construction. Why are we just now learning about the change to other schools’ bell schedules? 

The district has planned for these schools’ construction and opening for many years. However, district staff didn’t know that changes to existing schools’ bell schedules were necessary until the Transportation Department started creating 2022-23 routes to transport students to PSD’s new middle/high schools. After district staff determined that there was no way to avoid routing alterations – and thereby bell schedule alterations –, we communicated the changes to the impacted school communities. 

How many schools’ bell schedules are impacted by this district change?

Seventeen schools’ bell schedules are different for the 2022-23 school year compared with the 2021-22 school year. They include: Bethke, Cache la Poudre, Eyestone, Irish, Red Feather, Rice, Shepardson and Zach elementary schools; all PSD middle schools; and Poudre High School. 

If one of the reasons for this change is because of a bus driver shortage, can’t you just increase wages and hire more people?

Like other districts across the nation, Poudre School District is struggling to recruit and retain bus drivers. Despite increased efforts to recruit and retain bus drivers, including increased wages, hiring/retention bonuses and paid training, PSD is short about 30 full-time bus operators to bus the roughly 13,000 students that it did prior to the pandemic. The district has hired additional drivers since fall 2021 but still needs more. More information on the Be a Bus Driver web page >> 

 

Why did some schools’ bell schedules change by a few minutes while others experienced shifts of 25-55 minutes?

There are multiple factors that influenced the changes made to a school’s bell schedule, including the number of students who need to be bused to and from school; where those students live (how far from school, how far from others who are bused to that school); how routes to and from that school are impacted by routes to and from schools nearby; where the school is located in relation to others; and more. Staff did everything they could to minimize disruption; that said, there are some school communities that will experience a more significant schedule change than others.  

In 2018, the PSD Board of Education voted to shift bell schedules later to allow secondary students more time to sleep. They said the changes were made to support students’ mental health and wellbeing. Don’t these schedule changes conflict?

Yes, we recognize that all PSD middle schools’ start times are earlier in 2022-23, thereby shifting students back to start times mirroring those that preceded the 2018 vote to push bell schedules back. Knowing that this was a possibility, staff looked at every possible option before determining that changes to bell schedules were necessary, as a result of routing alterations that can’t be avoided. Please let your principal or students’ teachers know if you see a change in your student after the changes go into effect for the 2022-23 school year. We are here to partner with you in supporting your child. 

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