New system in place for Indianapolis Public Schools’ first day

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Indianapolis Public Schools say they are ready for a new year and a new system.

This year, high school students can choose where they attend based on the programs offered. The decision led to a change in transportation and school start times.

Most elementary schools will start at 9:20 and most middle and high schools will begin two hours earlier.

The new  two-tiered approach designates one bus for two schools.

Transportation director Manuel Mendez says the class schedule also gives drivers additional time.

Monday was the first major test for the new system. Mendez says the morning pick-up and drop-off went smoothly, and buses were on schedule.

The first few weeks also bring a lot of changes, but Mendez says they are ready to adapt.

The district will also send out robocalls to parents alerting them to any route or stop changes.

Here is a look at the bell schedule for each school:

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