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Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 7:04 pm | Updated: 3:11 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Gilbert Unified School District families are invited to learn more and give input on the potential changes to school start times at three upcoming meetings.

The district is looking at several possible options that would change the high school start times for the 2009-10 school year. The changes could also affect elementary school and junior high times.

Discussed options include an 8 a.m. high school start time, which because of busing schedules would change the junior highs to an 8:45 a.m. start time, and the elementary schools to either an 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. start time.

Other options include starting the high school's first hour one hour later, at 8:30 a.m.; overlapping lunch hours; or leaving the schedule as is.

The meetings are set for: 7 p.m. Monday at Desert Ridge High School, 10045 E. Madero Ave., Mesa; 7 p.m. March 11 at Highland High School, 4301 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert; and 7 p.m. March 12 at Mesquite High School, 500 S. McQueen Road, Gilbert.

District officials are expected to present research data, outline potential impacts to the various options, answer any questions and take suggestions and comments from the audience.

"A" hour, an optional early-morning class before the regular school day, now starts at 6:30 a.m., and first hour begins at 7:30 a.m.

Change was made necessary last July after the district added 24 minutes more per day of instructional time to comply with state officials' new interpretation of the instructional time law.

The move upset some parents because the hours were changed about two weeks before school started, and they complained it was just too early for their teens.

The school board is expected to make a decision, using input from parents, within the next month.

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