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School Start Time Study Committee

Winchester Public Schools: School Start Time Study Committee

The research on secondary school start times is clear and compelling, and the district has convened a School Start Time Study Committee to review this topic and make a recommendation to the school committee for possible changes to our school start times for 2018-2019.

Here are some important facts about secondary school start times:

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics, The Centers for Disease Control, and the American Medical Association all support middle and high school start times after 8:30 a.m.
  • The twelve members of the Middlesex League Superintendents' group last year agreed to support later secondary start times and ensure limited impact on athletics.
  • The Brookings Institute economists reported that improved school performance as a result of later start times has significant and lasting economic benefits.
  • Teens with later school start times get more sleep, are sleeping at the right time, and are more awake and alert for learning.
  • Adequate sleep improves learning, memory, mood, and performance in school, sports, and other activities.
  • Districts with later start times reported less depression among students.

The committee will review research, conduct surveys, hold public forum(s), identify concerns, and develop a recommendation and implementation plan for school committee consideration by 2/1/18.  

Committee Members

Students:
     Jackson Savage
     Elizabeth (Lizzie) Splaine

Teacher/Administrator:
     Irene Diamond
     Frances Woof
     Jen Lassins
     Jaime Bailey
     Anna Paradis
     Leigh Petrowsky
     Dennis Mahoney

Parents/Community:
     Sarah Girotti
     Mark Micciche
     Patrick Gill
     Michelle Bergstrom

 School Start Time Study Group Meeting Dates

October 18, 2017 3 to 4:30 p.m.

November 1, 2017   6 to 7:30 p.m.

November 15, 2017  3 to 4:30 p.m.

December 7, 2017  6 to 7:30 p.m.

January 4, 2018   3 to 4:30 p.m.

January 30, 2018 7 p.m.  (School Committee Presentation)