School Start Time Advisory

October 19, 2017

The meeting opened with an opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves and welcome our newest members of the Advisory group. Matt Manobianco, facilitator, summarized the work of the group in the September meeting.

Barbara Posthumus, Associate Superintendent Business and Support Services and Jeff Miles, Transportation Manager provided a presentation to help the group understand how the tiered bus transportation works in Lake Washington. Afterwards, the group identified key “takeaways” from the presentation, which included:

  • Tiered bus system is most efficient way of operating a transportation system
  • Adding buses and drivers impacts/increases traffic and congestion
  • Activity/athletic bus needs impact current and future resources
  • Geography of our district creates challenges
  • Access to public transportation is limited especially in the Redmond and Sammamish parts of the district
  • Over 21,000 students not using bus service; what will happen with change in time, increase ridership and/or put more cars on road
  • Importance of optimizing bus drivers’ daily schedule to retain quality bus drivers
  • State funding is dependent on the efficiency of our transportation system

Tim Krieger, Director of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, gave a presentation on the results of the June 2017 School Start Time survey.

We will continue to analyze the quantitative survey results and verbatim comments at the upcoming November 16 Advisory meeting.

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August 25, 2017

For the past two years, the College and Career Readiness Task Force has been studying the impacts of the new state 24-credit graduation requirements and the potential for a seven-period day for grades 9-12 and other creative ways to expand options for students in grades 9-12. In April 2017, the Task force recommended adding time to the high school day to create a seventh period in each of our high schools. This change would not take place any earlier than the 2018-19 school year. So, for the 2017-18 school year, high schools continue with six periods.

This Task Force has also been studying school start times. The research literature describes the benefits of a later start time for high school students, including improvements in memory and learning, mental health and well-being, and overall academic achievement. In June 2017, we surveyed K-12 staff, parents, and high school students to gather feedback on four start/dismissal time options currently under consideration. The survey feedback is currently being analyzed for themes and patterns.

In September 2017, the School Start Time Advisory will convene and review the results of the June survey and determine additional information needed to make a recommendation for any change to current school start and dismissal times. Any proposed school start changes would not take place any earlier than 2018-19.

The School Start Time Advisory is made up of administrators, teachers, and parents and includes some members who also served on the College & Career Readiness Task Force.