New bell schedule has staff and students questioning district decisions

School will start and end 10 minutes later at RHS next year.


Photo by Dylon Siring

Students eager to get on the busses, which have finally arrived.

With the 2022-2023 school year coming to a rapid close, the Puyallup School District has adopted new bell schedules for the following years. The idea is to make Bus schedules and bus routes more feasible across the district, as well as support extracurricular events, practice times and times for drop off or picking up at the secondary level.

The new schedule for Rogers starts at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 2:55 p.m. This change allows for the junior high to be released just a bit before high school so they can participate in after school sports and classes, compared to the previous schedule that was proposed.

The original proposed idea for the new schedule was to start at 9 a.m. and not get out till 3:45 p.m. Parents and teachers were appalled at the thought and had resentment towards this schedule.

“The junior high would be getting out long before the high school and would require much more bus routes and bus drivers; ease of access would not exist,” said Gene Bowen, a Rogers weight training teacher and former football coach.

According to a district web page announcing the change, “These changes were approved to improve the efficiency and consistency of the transportation throughout the school district.”

Sophomore Skylar Temple said, “With the schedule taking effect next year, I really do like the new approved schedule over the old terrible schedule.”

Skylar Temple had stated this a day after the schedule was released. The underclassmen are taking this based on the conversations with sophomore and junior individuals change well and have positively reacted to this new and approved schedule.

Old schedule made by the Puyallup School District for high schools
The new system being implemented throughout the schools in the district.

This new schedule should positively affect the school district and should be taken well by all parents and teachers. More changes may be made through the next few months, but as of right now it’s safe to say this new schedule is finalized.