Attached is the later start times research by Dr. Judith Owens that was shared at the School Committee meeting last night (12/13). The slides outline the growing body of research that supports moving high school start times to approximately 8:30. We will be having conversations about this potential change for the fall of 2018. According to Dr. Owens delaying the start of high school is more of a public health conversation than an achievement conversation – although there are positive impacts in both areas.
One possible option discussed at the School Committee meeting that does not add to our transportation costs is as follows:
BHS – 8:35 to 3:05 – currently, 7:30 to 2:00
MSMS – 7:25 to 1:45 – currently, 7:35 to 1:55
Memorial and Francis Wyman – 7:55 to 2:00 – currently, 8:10 to 2:15
Fox Hill and Pine Glen – 8:20 to 2:25 – currently, 8:35 to 2:40
I am sure that there are countless other options. I simply wanted to share a sample schedule provided by our bus company that maintains our current level of buses and operating expense.