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    School Start Time Advisory

    2022 Start Times Committee

    The Lake Washington School District 2022 Start Times Committee has been tasked with making a recommendation to Superintendent Dr. Jon Holmen for high schools to start no earlier than 8:00 a.m. The group will also make a proposal to adjust preschool start/end times. Seven meetings have been scheduled on Thursdays between September and January. The committee includes parents and staff from multiple perspectives across the different high school feeder areas. The committee will also solicit input into interests and impacts of potential recommendations from stakeholders including parents, staff, and students. Visit this webpage for updates and information regarding this work.

    Questions? Email StartTimes@lwsd.org.

    Meeting Minutes:

    School Board Study Session PowerPoint:

    Upcoming Meetings:

    • November 10, 2022
    • December 1, 2022
    • December 15, 2022
    • Possible Make-Up Meeting: January 12, 2023

     

    The LWSD Start Times Committee wants to hear from you! The Committee is using ThoughtExchange to gather thoughts and suggestions from families, students, staff and community members across the district. The ThoughtExchange will launch October 14. It will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26. That will allow the Start Times Committee to review the feedback at their next meeting on Thursday, October 27.

    This ThoughtExchange is an opportunity to share your potential impacts with this committee. The question is: What potential impacts of a change in school start times do you want to share with the committee to consider in this process?

    Click here to join the exchange: https://tejoin.com/scroll/312692262

    About the Committee
    The LWSD Start Times Committee will make a proposal to the superintendent for all high schools to start no earlier than 8:00 a.m. The committee will also recommend an earlier start and end time for preschool. No changes would happen before the start of the 2023-24 school year. The committee meets seven times between September and January. The committee includes parents and staff from across different high school feeder areas.

    In November and December, the committee will ask for input from parents, staff and students on specific options.

    Visit this webpage for information about this work: https://www.lwsd.org/get-involved/task-forces/previous/school-start-time-advisory

    About ThoughtExchange
    An exchange has three simple steps: Share Thoughts, Rate Thoughts, and View Results.

    • Share Thoughts - share your thoughts, questions, or comments in response to open-ended questions, independently and confidentially.
    • Rate Thoughts - read thoughts shared by you and other participants, and rate each one out of 5 stars.
    • View Results - learn what matters to the group by exploring the thoughts and how they were rated.

    These three steps together bring structure to the conversation. People share their thoughts, rate the thoughts of others, and learn what matters to the group.

    Thoughts and ratings are public, but whose thoughts and ratings are whose? That remains confidential!

     

    • SchoolStartTime2022

    Work of the Previous Advisory

    December 2019 Update

    At the December 9, 2019 School Board Meeting, Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent, announced that Lake Washington School District will not make any changes to the current school schedules (start/end times) for the 2020-21 school year.

    In looking at potential schedule revisions, the district considered the following factors: 

    • The original decision-making process that led to the current start/end times for schools. 
    • Current research on adolescent health. 
    • Impacts of the start/end times on current family schedules and potential for additional disruptions.  
    • The recommendations from the School Start Times Advisory Committee. 
    • Current program models, including the impact potential changes would have on transportation schedules and staffing needs.  
    • Space constraints and the impact on program flexibility as LWSD continues to grow. 
    • LWSD’s current transportation model and policy requirements for eligibility. 

    For more information about the decision not to change the 2020-21 school start times, please read the December 2019 Superintendent's message.

    A School Start Time Advisory group is continuing the work of looking at additional changes to start and end times. This group is comprised of staff and parents from preschool, elementary, middle, and high school levels. Since any change in the start and end time at one level impacts other levels, it’s important to have all levels represented in the review and discussion.

    Engagement opportunities will continue to help us gather feedback from parents, students and staff about the impacts of the start time changes made in the 2018-19 school year. These impacts include:

    • Teaching and learning
    • Student health and well-being
    • Family and staff routines and schedules
    • Staff and parent access to meet for communication
    • Extracurricular activities outside of the school day

    As a result of this year’s work, the Advisory will develop and present their findings and recommendations to the Superintendent by May 2019.

    If additional changes are recommended, implementation would begin no earlier than the 2020-21 school year because of the required time to plan for staffing, transportation, and budget changes that may result from schedule revisions.

    Advisory meeting dates, notes, and survey links will be posted below.

    Background/History of the Work:

    • The College and Career Readiness Task Force spent two years researching and exploring strategies to increase student flexibility in meeting the state’s 24 credit graduation requirement.
    • The Task Force conducted community engagement opportunities including listening sessions and online surveys with staff, high school students, and community to gather feedback on various high school schedules including 4x4, 4x8, Trimester, and 7 period schedules.
    • The Task Force also reviewed research on later high school start times that report 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 performance.
    • The results of an online survey administered to staff, parents, and high school students in June 2017 indicated conflicting opinions about moving to a later high school start time.
    • Starting in the 2018-19 school year, high school start times remained the same, 20 minutes was added to the end of the high school student day, and a seven-period schedule was implemented.
    • As a result of the additional time added to the end of the high school day, school start and end times changed for elementary and middle schools. This is due to the way our transportation system efficiently transports students to and from schools between all three levels. Any change in the start or end time at one level affects the start and end times at other levels.