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Delayed Start Times

Delayed Start Times
Posted on 04/21/2021
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Dear School Community, 

Last evening the Board approved the delayed start time initiative 8 to 1.  The Board’s approval will change the high school start time by an hour from 7:35 to 8:35, the middle school by 30 minutes from 7:30 to 8:00, and the elementary schools by 15 minutes from 8:55 to 9:10. End times will be as follows: high school at 2:35, middle school at 2:54, and the elementary schools at 3:30. This change will occur at the start of the 2021–2022 school year.

 

We believe that the schedule change achieves a balance between student wellness and educational best practices. The administration’s recommendation to the Board was grounded in the belief that the Delayed Start Time initiative aligns to the adolescent sleep study research, meets all the parameters set by the school district, addresses the needs of ALL students, maintains the integrity of High School and Middle School LEA processes, and reduces the initial implementation costs that in the beginning of the process ranged from $500K-$800K to $195K-265K. Delaying start times is also recommended by the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Psychological Association, National Education Association, and others.

 

From a teaching a learning perspective, there will be few, if any, changes at the elementary and middle school level; however, the high school will leverage our current realities that require synchronous, asynchronous, blended, and hybrid learning models to provide flexibility for students in the way that they access their education. Additionally at the high school level, continuing the utilization of Asynchronous, Blended Classwork (ABC)  gives our students the skills and experience they will need for success beyond high school. In its simplest form ABC requires students to do work outside of the classroom that is directly designed to enhance their classroom experience and provide teachers with a better ability to personalize instruction. 

 

So that our school community has all of the details that were shared with the Board, the “all in” cost of the initiative is as follows: 

  • Additional Bus (1)–$90K Purchase vs. $20K Lease
  • Additional Drivers (4)–$150,000
  • Additional Fuel Costs–$10,000
  • Additional Maintenance and Repair Costs–$15,000

 

Therefore, the total cost ranges between $195K (the dollar amount reflects the district leasing an additional bus) and $265K (this dollar amount reflects the district purchasing an additional bus. It is important to note that the expenses are reflective of all potential expenses; however, if ridership continues to decline, some costs/needs may be reduced. Additionally, Lorraine Bytheway, the District’s Supervisor of Transportation, and her team continue to work on solutions that would reduce costs even more.

 

Although we will continue to refine and define concepts and gather feedback in collaboration with the Start Time Committee and building leadership, we have created a website to act as a clearinghouse of communication for the information. You can access the site by clicking HERE.  We will continue to communicate as more and more details emerge, and we will share this progress on the Delayed Start Time Website.

 

Have a great day!

Marc

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