School Start Time Study

PSD studying later school start times for middle and high school students

The Board of Education has asked PSD administrators to study later school start time options for middle and high school students. The board's interest in later school start times stems from recommendations made by the American Medical Association and research on teen sleep patterns.

See current school start times in this pdf document.


Process and community feedback opportunities:

The late start study includes four phases:

1. Survey parents, staff, community and students

2. Scenario Committee analyzes survey results and creates scenarios

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

3. Second survey and community forums to discuss scenarios and get public feedback  

Forums will be held (click on links below for the live stream):


4. Final recommendation to the Board of Education





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

Forums will be held (click on links below for the live stream) :




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. 

December 2018

Final recommendation to Board of Education

Board discusses recommendation in light of community feedback and engagement.


January 2019

Board of Education decision



August 2019

Possible implementation of new start times




In January 2018, the Board discussed the plan to study later school start times for high school and middle school students. Watch the PSD TV video below.