Current Status and Updates

  • Start Times Will Change in 2017-18
    The table below outlines site-by-site start and end times for 2016-17 and 2017-18. 
     
    Elementary
     
    Middle School Bell Times  
     
    High School Bell Times
     
    Most changes represent a 25-minute shift. Sunrise will shift 35 minutes due to EAP location and distance; some elementary schools and middle schools will shift by slightly less than 25 minutes in order to mitigate the impact of students arriving home later.
     
    Note that the district continues to examine ways to tighten up the later elementary times. We will inform families at those schools if we are able to do so.
     
    Individual student bus stop times should be available by late summer using our online lookup tool on our Transportation webpages under Bus Stop Information. 
     
    Brief History
    Between May 2015 and April 2016, the Start Time Task Force (STTF) worked to identify the best options to meet the directive of Resolution 714, which mandated a high school start time no earlier than 8 a.m. by the 2017-18 school year. (This resolution was amended at the Nov. 22, 2016, School Board meeting.)
     
    In May 2016, the STTF surveyed the community with the top three options they had identified. The results from the survey were communicated to the board in a memo on June 17, 2016, and in a study session on August 23, 2016. The School Board reviewed the survey results, heard community feedback through public comments and emails, asked follow-up questions and discussed possible pathways forward across the next several board meetings and study sessions. (For a full accounting of the 18-month process summarized here, please visit the STTF Timeline.)
     
    On Oct. 24, 2016, the board requested a recommendation from the STTF about their preference for either a 25-minute roll from current start times or a modified version of Option B. The STTF recommended a 25-minute roll for implementation in the 2017-18 academic year. The recommendation is outlined and explained in this memo to the board. The School Board heard the STTF recommendation at the Oct. 25 board meeting and held a first reading of the recommendation on Nov. 8. A second reading was held on Nov. 22, leading to a 4-1 vote to approve the recommendation.