Aug 042017

All Horace O’Bryant School students, kindergarten through eighth grade, will begin classes at 8:40 a.m., beginning the first day of the 2017-2018 school year. School ends at 3:45 p.m.

Horace O’Bryant School joins Sugarloaf, Key Largo, and Plantation Key schools, as a kindergarten through eighth grade school with a single student start time.

According to HOB Principal Christina McPherson, kindergarten students may be dropped off in the cafeteria at 8:15.  First through fifth grade students may report directly to their classrooms at 8:15 and middle school students may arrive on campus at 8:15. Students are not to be dropped off in the back of the school.

Mrs. McPherson said the school will provide the PLUS program (Playful Learning Under Supervision), an opportunity that parents and guardians usually have to pay for, for free for any students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Parents and guardians can fill out a form to participate in the program. Parents and guardians will choose an option from a list of structured, engaging programming, like tutoring, health and physical fitness activities, sewing, reading camp and time spent in the media center, computer/tech time, and math intervention. Students can participate from 7:45 to 8:15, beginning the first day of school, August 16th, and will have to be dropped off by a parent. Any students riding the bus are not eligible to participate, because of scheduling.

HOB School Principal Christina McPherson said the transition and the opportunity to offer the PLUS program free of charge for students, are exciting ones. “Horace O’Bryant is looking forward to a single start time to increase student achievement while assisting families with a morning PLUS program that will promote academic success.”

Elementary Students: Drop-off/Pick up for elementary students is located in the loop in front of the cafeteria. Students should enter school through the cafeteria doors. Students only may enter classrooms beginning at 8:15 AM.

Middle School Students: Drop-off/Pick up for middle school students is located in the loop in front of the office; students should enter through the metal gates.

Families with BOTH Elementary and Middle School Students: Please use the Elementary parent loop in front of the cafeteria for both sets of students for drop off/pick up.

Ashby Street Entrance – this entrance may be used for elementary and middle school arrivals and drop offs, and students who WALK to school.

Starting this school year, the back of the HOB campus will be a bus loop only. Please be advised that there will be NO STUDENT/PARENT ENTRY through the back of campus (near Miami Subs). Students who live in George Allen and surrounding areas should enter school through the Ashby Street gate.

For dismissal, all grade levels will report to the front of the school. For more information on the school start time change, please visit the school’s website.


The Monroe County School District serves approximately 8,600 students throughout the upper, middle, lower keys, and Key West.  The accredited school district consists of 10 public schools, six charter schools, as well as alternative and virtual programs. For more information about the district’s vision and mission, visit  Follow us on Facebook @MYMCSD, and follow the Superintendent on Twitter @supt_porter, and the district @keysschools, for Monroe County School District updates.

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