According to a district announcement, as part of the 2017-18 Strategic Plan, SVSD launched a School Start Times Advisory Committee this fall – comprised of parents, teachers, and administrators – to begin studying the potential benefits and feasibility of adjusting start times for Snoqualmie Valley schools.
The committee has been meeting twice a month since September, examining research on adolescent sleep patterns, operational and financial considerations, transportation logistics, implications for elementary schedules, and lessons learned by other school districts who have made changes to their start times.
In its last meeting on October 26th, the committee agreed to have VersaTrans, a bus routing system, begin evaluating the feasibility of using a three-tiered school start time sequence where elementary starts first, followed by middle school and then high school.
Currently the district uses a two-tiered start time sequence where middle and high school students start at 7:40AM and elementary schools start at approximately 9AM.
According to the district, the committee hopes to make a recommendation to the Superintendent sometime in early 2018, for possible implementation during the 2018-19 school year.
An online survey will be sent to families after the Thanksgiving break, as the district seeks feedback on possible school start and end times solutions. .
SVSD School Start Times Advisory Committee will:
- review the research findings regarding adolescent biorhythms and school success;
- review the experiences of other school districts that have adopted later start and dismissal times or considered doing so but did not;
- identify the implications of later start times and dismissal times for high school programming and activities and for school and district operations;
- implement outreach strategies to gather feedback from school and community stakeholder groups;
- consider the potential benefits to students, the input received, and the implications of later start and dismissal times;
- determine whether there are feasible solutions to enact later start and dismissal times for secondary schools
For more info visit the School Start Time Advisory Committee website