GREENSBORO, N.C. — School will continue to start five minutes earlier this year in Guilford County.
"Initially it was just ‘Oh its only going to be for five minutes’ however, that five minutes turned into us being tardy a lot last year," said Britney Brunette. She has two daughters in Guilford County Schools.
"They’re teenagers and they don’t want to get up earlier, they don’t want to get up in the first place, but why do we have go five minutes early – we really had a lot of tardies. It was actually pretty bad," said Brunette.
Guilford County Schools confirms their school days will remain on the adjusted schedule it adopted last school year where the day started five minutes earlier from the previous schedule. The district missed time during Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Michael and the December Snowstorm.
When the schedule change first went into effect last year, Brunette says it was tough to get used to.
"That five minutes makes a huge difference, from taking out the dog to car accidents on Elm and Cone," said Brunette.
The district says they're continuing the policy to serve as a safety net in case any issues arrive so they can still meet those instructional hours required by the state.
"Now that I know about it a little bit ahead of time, we'll work on that," said Brunette.
The school district said they made the decision in early August to continue the schedule into this school year.
"That’s just the way it is, you gotta go with the flow. We'll make it work," said Brunette.
The district said they couldn't send out a district wide announcement because all schools start at different times. The district said they will continue to work with parents as back to school season continues.
In January, GCS schools on the traditional schedule started five minutes earlier to meet the state-mandated 1,025 hours of instructional time. A record number of inclement weather days were used for the 2018-2019 school year.
The earlier start time helped the county avoid making days up in June.