School Start Times Study

Board votes to change school start times

After a year of extensive research and community engagement, the Board of Education voted 7-0 on Nov. 27 to change PSD’s school start times, beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

After analyzing district staff’s final report on the school start times exploration, and considering myriad community input and potential implications, the Board decided to implement Modified Scenario B, created in direct response to feedback from the community. The Board's interest in later school start times stems from recommendations made by the American Medical Association and research on teen sleep patterns.

Starting next year, high schools will start between 8:55 and 9 a.m.; middle schools will start at 8:05 a.m.; and elementary schools will start between 7:45 and 8:50 a.m., which represents a significant change for many schools at the elementary level. 

To see the latest draft of start times for schools for the 2019-20 school year, visit the New Bell Schedules web page. 

Read more about the decision in the PSD news item "PSD votes to change school start times" or watch the board discussion in the PSD TV video below.

 

 

Board receives final report Nov. 13

The Board received a final report and presentation from district staff about school start and end times at their Nov. 13 meeting. Watch the Board's discussion Nov. 13 in the PSD TV video below. 

 

 


Timeline, process and community feedback

Time

Activity

Purpose

Spring 2018

Electronic Survey #1 to staff, high school students, parents and community members

Gauge community values around starting middle and high schools later, to get at a "temperature read" from the community and help define parameters for scenario discussions.

Summer 2018

Scenario committee meets (community, parents, students, staff)

Discuss survey results and create scenarios for public consideration. 

See what the committee came up with, including the scenarios, in their  Summary Report 2018.

Fall 2018

Community engagement forums were held in September:

Electronic Survey #2 to staff, high school student, parents and community members

Open meetings at high schools in each of the school feeder systems to get community feedback on proposals from the Scenario Committee. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get feedback on proposed scenarios. 

November 2018

Final recommendation to Board of Education

Board discusses recommendation in light of community feedback and engagement.

 

November 27, 2018

Board of Education votes 7-0 to change PSD school start times, beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

The Board decided to implement Modified Scenario B, created in direct response to feedback from the community.

To see the latest draft of school start times for the 2019-20 school year, please visit the New Bell Schedules web page. 

 

 

August 2019

Implementation of new start times

 

 

 

Background on study and School Start Time Committee:

The Board of Education asked PSD administrators to study later school start time options for middle and high school students. In January 2018, the Board discussed the plan to study later school start times for high school and middle school students. 

A School Start Time Scenario Committee was formed and met May through December 2018.The committee, led by the assistant superintendent of secondary schools, worked to provide input and perspective into scenarios for new start times for schools. After studying the data, the committee developed school start time scenarios that were considered by the PSD community during community engagement activities in September 2018.

Committee members included: 
•    3 Parents (one from each school level)
•    3 PSD Licensed Staff (one from each level)
•    2 PSD Classified Staff (one elementary, one secondary)
•    3 PSD Principals (one from each school level)
•    2 Community Members
 

Board discussion in January 2018: