DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines Public Schools announced the new school hours will be in place in the fall.
Des Moines' superintendent of schools sent an email to parents on Friday morning, informing them school start times will change starting next August.
Beginning next academic year, elementary schools including Cowles and Smouse will start at 7:30 a.m. and let out at 2:25 p.m.
Middle schools and Ruby Van Meter will start at 8:30 a.m. and let out at 3:25 p.m.
All high schools will start at 8:25 a.m. and let out at 3:25 p.m.
The district has been discussing the change for months. Proponents say it will improve the students' learning and overall health because secondary students need more sleep. Superintendent Tom Ahart says he recognizes this will mean a shift in scheduling for thousands of families, but he believes it will give students the best chance to succeed.