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TTSD announces changes to school schedule for 2016-17

Elementary School will be 15 minutes longer each day, starting this September.

The school year isn't quite over, but the Tigard-Tualatin School District is already planning for next year.

The district announced this week that, beginning in September, the elementary school day will be 15 minutes longer in the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

Elementary schools will start 10 minutes earlier, and will dismiss 5 minutes later. In a statement, the district said that the changes bring Tigard-Tualatin’s elementary school day closer to those in surrounding school districts, and "give teachers more time to provide greater depth within the elementary curriculum."

The new elementary school schedule, starting in September 2016

• 7:50 a.m. — Buses arrive at school

• 8:10 a.m. — Tardy bell rings

• 2:30 p.m. — School is dismissed

• 2:40 p.m. — Buses leave the school

According to the district, the changes will mean an extra 42 hours of instruction for elementary students over the course of the school year.

The district had reached an agreement with its teacher's union, the Tigard-Tualatin Teachers Association, allowing the extension back in April, but this week released the schedule for what the typical school day will look like.

New bus schedules with pick-up and drop-off times will be available in August on the district’s website, ttsdschools.org, later this year.