Indy schools will start late, thanks to Colts

Students in Indianapolis Public Schools are allowed to sleep in a bit Monday thanks to a one-hour delay scheduled to give bus drivers more time to get to work the morning after the Super Bowl.

The state’s largest school district initially scheduled a two-hour delay but changed course after the Indiana Department of Education said Sunday’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints didn’t qualify for a two-hour delay.

“While we support the Colts, two-hour delays are reserved for emergency situations,” said State Superintendent Tony Bennett.

The school district is trying to avoid a repeat of 2007, when the Colts beat the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl and so many bus drivers called in sick the next morning that officials canceled classes. Bus drivers report to work at 5:30 a.m., and the Super Bowl often runs until nearly 11 p.m.

School will be delayed by one hour Monday morning and extended by 30 minutes in the afternoon. That will allow the district to meet the requirements for a full day without needing a waiver from the state.

Catholic schools in Indianapolis have Monday off in honor of the Super Bowl.