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MCS parents forced to adjust to new SCS school times

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis City Schools parents are frustrated to say the least about the change in start time for their children, saying the new start times that match Shelby County Schools are inconvenient and a hassle.

Starting this fall the school bell will sound in Shelby County. All schools under the unified system will ring three times starting at 7 a.m., then at 8 a.m. and at 9 a.m.

Some MCS parents are questioning the move.

"It's a bit scattery and inconvenient," said one parent.

"I'm not thrilled about it at all," said another parent.

"It's definitely frustrating, but the good thing about it is we have time to prepare," said a parent.

For the first time city school student will have to get moving a little earlier thanks to the change.

"I have a child in middle school that will go from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., and then one child in elementary that will go from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.," said Lori Bogenreif.

"I don't like the fact that elementary starts at 9 a.m. in the morning," added Michelle McKissick. "Getting out at 4 in the afternoon, that just messes up so many afternoon schedules, it's just not a good thing."

For students in Shelby County Schools staggered start times are the norm, but for Memphis City Schools parents, the three start times will be an adjustment for everything for just getting their kids up and out to how long parents will be sitting in the vehicles getting them to and from school.

"It seems like I'll be in my car for most of the day."

For some working parents most say even the slightest change can have a big effect on most families.

"I don't think they give consideration to us as parents what we have to do," said Alisa Tate. "I have to have somebody pick my son up every day cause my work hours can't be schedules around his school."

Most parents say they're willing to adjust to the earlier morning schedule but they also believe getting out of school later will be problematic for after school activities.

"My sons take Taekwondo after school and it would start at 3:15 p.m. and go until 4 p.m.," McKissick said. "Well now I'm sure their instructors will have to adjust that and just coming home to play."

For Memphis City parents there is good news. You have the next couple of months to get ready for the change as the staggered schedule of city students is just another way to unify the entire district.

The unified district is expecting to save at least $2 million in transportation costs by changing the start times.

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