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School Starting/Ending Times to Change in 2019-20
School Starting/Ending Times to Change for 2019-20
Posted on 07/25/2019

The Indian River School District is implementing new daily starting and ending times for its schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

For most district schools, the school day is being shortened by only a few minutes. However, more significant changes will be implemented at Georgetown Elementary School, North Georgetown Elementary School and Sussex Central High School to allow for the implementation of a new three-tiered busing system.

The new starting and ending times (along with previous time schedules) are as follows:

School Start Time End Time   Previous
Sussex Central High School  7:35 a.m.  2:30 p.m. 7:40-2:45 
Indian River High School  7:40 a.m. 2:35 p.m. 7:40-2:45
Georgetown Middle School 7:40 a.m. 2:35 p.m. 7:40-2:45
Selbyville Middle School 7:40 a.m. 2:35 p.m. 7:40-2:45
Millsboro Middle School 7:40 a.m. 2:35 p.m. 7:40-2:45
Phillip C. Showell Elementary 7:40 a.m. 2:35 p.m. 7:40-2:45
North Georgetown Elementary 8:15 a.m. 3:10 p.m. 7:40-2:45
East Millsboro Elementary 7:40 a.m. 2:35 p.m. 7:40-2:45
Georgetown Elementary 8:45 a.m. 3:40 p.m. 8:30-3:35
Lord Baltimore Elementary 8:30 a.m. 3:25 p.m. 8:30-3:35
Long Neck Elementary 8:30 a.m. 3:25 p.m. 8:30-3:35
John M. Clayton Elementary 8:30 a.m. 3:25 p.m. 8:30-3:35
G.W. Carver Academy 8:15 a.m. 2:30 p.m. 8:15-2:45
Southern Delaware School of the Arts 8:05 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 8:05-2:30
Howard T. Ennis School 8:05 a.m. 3:00 p.m. 7:55-3:05
 IRSD Early Learning Center 8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.  

The new schedule is necessary to accommodate a shortage of school buses and drivers. The three-tiered system will allow certain buses to serve Sussex Central High School, North Georgetown Elementary School and Georgetown Elementary School on the same day. The adjustments to the school starting and ending times will give drivers time to pick up and drop off students at each school on a daily basis.

Parents will be contacted by the district in August regarding their children’s school bus transportation for 2019-2020.   

The 2019-2020 school year begins on Tuesday, September 3 for K-12 students. The first day for preschool will be Monday, September 9 with the exception of the Howard T. Ennis preschool program, which follows the K-12 calendar.