Calgary Catholic School Board to launch late start pilot project in 2024

By CityNews Staff

It’s a pilot project — but not all parents are on board.

The Calgary Catholic School Board has announced that starting in 2024, on either Mondays or Wednesday, students won’t start class until around noon.

The board says this will allow students to sleep in, and give teachers more time for professional development.

Speaking at a news conference, Chief Superintendent Dr. Bryan Szumlas said a recent survey found 58 per cent of it’s 30,000 students reported a lack of sleep, and teachers are already exhausted.

Parents, however, are giving the decision a failing grade, citing concerns like finding extra childcare, and busing for kids to and from school.

The district says it welcomes feedback before the project takes flight in Calgary, Airdrie, Chestermere, and Cochrane.

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