ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – On May 23rd, the Roanoke City School Board is holding a workshop to address the ongoing transportation issues.

Officials say, principals, parents, bus drivers, and board members all played a role in developing the potential plan. Changes include a staggered bell schedule for the 2023-2024 school year, as well as optimized bus routes which will reduce bus stop delays and improve student safety while heading to and from school.

Additionally, the workgroup says staggering schedules will reduce staff and bus-driver burnout and may also lead to increased classroom time for students and improve the school’s attendance rates.
The proposal has seven elementary schools starting at 7:30 am and ten others at 8:00 am. High schools and other programs would begin at 8:30, and middle schools at 9:00 am.

The proposal is just in the discussion phase at the May 23rd meeting, which is scheduled to start at 5:30 on Tuesday afternoon. There is no vote scheduled at this time.