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Don’t hang up

Don Rogers

The Eagle County School District will conduct a phone survey for residents’ opinions about school start and end times.

Parents might recall the uproar last spring when the district went to an early schedule for the elementary schools and later for the middle and high schools.

The main impetus was bus scheduling, and part of the change was district leaders’ sense that the younger children operate on an earlier internal schedule than the older kids. They saw potential in aligning body rhythms with class schedules.

To say the least, parents were dubious about the latter.

Change is hard, and this was no exception. Parents of elementary kids were unhappy about their children being on streets in the dark of the early morning and with arranging for day care for an extra hour at the end of the pupils’ school day.

Parents of high school athletes competing in outdoor sports were likewise nonplussed with dark-shortened practice.

For those with children in elementary and the upper schools, the lengthened gap between end times created some extra scheduling challenges.

The whole thing frankly is ungainly.

Still, the community has adjusted fairly smoothly to the disruptions and new schedule. Last spring’s uproar died quickly.

But the district’s administrators have not forgotten, and they are carrying out a promise to assess how parents feel about the scheduled this year.

In coming weeks, you might be called and asked for your opinion on the subject – which should weigh more heavily than the stray newspaper editor sounding off.

Your input will will help guide a committee developing recommendations for the school year calendar and bell times in coming years. So don’t hang up on these callers, OK?

A bright side

Grownups, if you are fighting the holiday blues or dealing with the effects of your stressful adult life, here’s a suggestion for regaining perspective: Visit a third-grade classroom for 10 minutes or so.

Better yet, come bearing gifts. ‘Tis the season, after all.

A trio of Western Eagle Rotary Club members were more than repaid in smiles and excitement when they delivered dictionaries this week to the third-graders at Eagle Valley Elementary School.

The service group has been giving dictionaries to third-graders across the entire country for several years as a small step in encouraging literacy. Some kids keep them for years.