Recommendations for Changing Bell Times

The Montgomery County Board of Education is considering several options for adjusting school starting and ending times—also known as bell times—allowing high school students to begin classes later in the day. Any changes to bell times will be approved on February 10, 2015, as part of the Board’s Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget Request to the Montgomery County Executive and County Council. The annual costs of the proposals before the Board range from zero to nearly $6 million. Concerned about projected budget shortfalls in the county and the state, Superintendent Joshua P. Starr has recommended the Board only consider no-cost options.

Learn more about the options

Let your voice be heard: There are two ways to offer your input on the recommended changes the Board is considering:

  • Attend a public hearing: The Board will hold two public hearings on bell times, both on Thursday, January 22, 2015, in the auditorium of the Carver Educational Services Center at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. The first hearing will run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the second will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Those wishing to testify should call 301-279-3617 after 9 a.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015, to reserve a spot. All speakers will have three minutes.
  • Submit written input: Written feedback can be sent via email to and should be submitted before the close of business on Monday, February 2, 2015.
  • For more information on providing your input visit the Board of Education Public Participation webpage.

View Archives of Previous Recommendations and Reports on MCPS Bell Times.