FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – As students and staff get ready for the start of the 2022 – 2023 school year, Fresno Unified School District officials held a press conference on Thursday to highlight the changes parents need to know.

Superintendent Bob Nelson says parents need to double-check school schedules as Senate Bill 328, also known as the late start initiative will go into effect and not allow middle schools to start before 8 a.m – and high schools to start before 8:30 a.m.

“So what you thought might be your school start time, might change,” said Nelson. “So I would encourage you to look at that.”

It is recommended that students receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but it is not required. However, traditional school vaccinations remain a requirement such as those for measles and mumps.

Superintendent Nelson also touched on the safety of students and staff.

“Anything that we can do to make our schools safer is what we’re trying to do. Today’s training is in collaboration with the Fresno Police Department.”

Superintendent Nelson also reassured parents that school staffing is not a problem across the district.