As you may remember, we surveyed our employees, families and secondary students about school start times in the fall of 2019. Overall, we have been studying this important topic for more than two years with a committee made up of administrators, teachers, district staff members, parents and community members. We sincerely appreciate everyone who took the opportunity to provide their feedback.
The survey information and recommendations from the School Start Time Committee were presented to the School Board in March of 2020, and the decision was made to move forward with this change.
Following a thorough research review, the School Start Time Committee identified several benefits of later start times for secondary students. These include:
Fewer school absences
Mental health benefits
Lower occurrence of teen car accidents
The new school start times also align nicely with the schedule that our sixth- through 12th-graders are currently following.
We are sharing this information with you now to allow time for planning and preparation for the coming school year.
Thank you for your grace and understanding as we continually work to do what is best for our students, employees and families.