Background and Considerations

PSD is studying later school start times options for middle and high school students. Late start is a complicated issue influenced by many factors. Please see below for considerations. 

For an overview of the PSD study and year-long process, visit the School Start Time Study web page

 

Background

Based on research, the American Medical Association has recommended that teens not start school until after 8:30 a.m. to allow them sufficient time to sleep and to support better learning. View a list of research about adolescent teen sleep patterns and impact on behavior.

 

Considerations in the School Start Time Study:

Student Impact

  • Affect on students, including sleep and learning factors
  • After school activities, athletics, internships, and jobs
  • Ability to take concurrent enrollment classes because of scheduling issues


Family and Community Impact

  • Affect on working parents
  • Sibling child care 
  • Students who work in the community
  • Traffic patterns around schools
  • Concurrent Enrollment programs and schedules at CSU, FRCC and AIMS


    Human Resources and Employment

    • Availability of bus drivers
    • Contract limitations for licensed and classified staff


    Cost

    • Affordability of adding routes
    • Cost neutral options

       

      Additional Information:

      • PSD transports 13,000 students on buses every day.
      • PSD buses run in three tiers - all three levels use the same fleet of buses running at different times.
      • PSD has more than 5,000 students participating in middle and high school athletics.
      • The Colorado High School Sports and Activities Association schedules games for district athletes. Students often have to leave school early to travel for games.
      • Concurrent enrollment classes at community colleges and universities are not scheduled by PSD. Changes to start and end times may impact the ability of students to participate in classes on these campuses.