School Start Time Activity by State
Here are some recent start time changes and proposals that have come to our attention. For a more complete discussion of activity, see also the more detailed and inclusive list of schools recently delaying start times on Dennis Nolan's excellent school start times website.
Mingus Union High School District has moved it start time to 8:40am beginning during the 2011-2012 school year.
Central Union High School District considering moving start times 30 minutes later at 2 high schools in 2013-14 so students can get more sleep
Considering a move from 7:45 to 8:45 am start for 2013-14 in interest of student health & well-being
Debating idea of moving Mira Costa High School's opening time to 8:45 am
Menlo-Atherton High School
Designed an award winning sleep institute
Palo Alto -
Palo Alto High started later in 2010-2011 school year; Gunn High in 2011-12
Parent proposal (Jan 2012) to delay HS start to 8:20 am in San Juan Unified School District rejected
Academy School District
System in Colorado Springs to start in 2012-2013 school year
HS to start at 9 am instead of 7:30 am in 2012-13 school year
Considering later starts to save money by tiering buses
Ongoing community forums in hope of making a change in the near future
Won State Championships the same year later start was implemented
District of Columbia
FL chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics issue position statement: all schools should start after 8 am
Flipped HS & MS to save money in 2009 but have since flipped back to early HS
Glenn Hills principal wants later hs start time
Changing HS Start from 8am to 8:30 am in 2012-13
Avon High School
"I think the research is very plain. The older the student, the later you should start school," said Rick Adcock, Avon High School principal.
Cathedral High School - Principal Dave Worland initiates a 30 minute delay in school start times. He states, "It's not about the adults, it's about the kids."
Valparaiso Community Schools
Late start one a day week implemented to improve teacher planning time and exemplified coordination of efforts with before care services
Wabash City High will start @ 8:35 AM in 2014-2015, 50 min later than current 7:45 AM start time for Wabash HS & MS.
Teen driver crash rates reduced by 16.5% in 2 years after school start time delayed by one hour while the rest of the state saw an increase in teen crash rates.
Cut down on "passing time" and saved on bus expenses
Superintendent suggests starting h.s. earlier (7:30)!
All schools to start 15 minutes later for 2012-13
Principals ask for survey about later middle and high school start times
Middle & high schools may start 20 mins later 2012-13
Anne Arundel County - Start School Later chapter & petition
Howard County - Start School Later chapter & petition
Montgomery County - Start School Later chapter & petition
Superintendent recommends later hs start time
Administrators to look at later high school start time
BOE approves move to 8-8:30 am high school start time beginning in 2014-15 school year
In school year 2011-12, the superintendent proposed moving school start times were moved 20 minutes, to 7:43 a.m.
15 min delay pilot program for 2012-13
Questioning whether it's desirable - or necessary - to stagger elementary, middle & high school hours
Studying later school start time
Flexible start time for 2012-13
11th Chapter of Start School Later started
High schools may change to save $ & help learning
Red Wing - Proposal to move from 2-tier to 1-tier bus system, so schools for all ages start between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m.
St. Paul - 1 elementary school to start later as part of attendance-boosting plan
Hattiesburg Superintendent proposes later hs, earlier ms times but delayed till 2013-14
Columbia Public Schools
Likely to go to a 3-tired bus system in 2013-14 but hoping to make HS start in the later tiers to meet sleep needs.
UPDATED: Students rally causes Board of Ed to concede proposal to move HS earlier.
Later school start implemented to SAVE transportation costs
Ad hoc committee studying later high school hours 2012
District proposes moving start time earlier to lengthen school day w/o impacting sports
Delayed HS but advanced MS in 2011-12
Piloting delayed start time for teacher planning
Delayed MS but advanced HS in 2011-12
Considering switching hs & elem school start times
Staggered start times proposed to save $ and help middle & HS students
Began later start time in 2012
School leaders considering a move to later school hours
Westchester County - Start School Later chapter
Wake County Middle Schools
Landmark study determines boost in academic performance with later school starts
Later start times proposed to save $ & help m.s. students
Kenston to push back school start times
Northeast Ohio/Portage County
Start School Later chapter & Petition to start school later asking district to form a start time committee
District proposes starting hs at 8, not 9 am, with a 7 am zero hour
Local psychiatrists sign joint letter advocating later high school hours. 2012.
Later start time decision delayed (teachers overwhelmingly oppose change)
St. George's School's trial of delaying school by 30 minutes is so successful, the change is made permanent.
Georgetown County School Board Chairman Jim Dumm asked the district to look into starting classes at an hour or two later in the day - Fall 2013
Schools will all start 30 mins later in 2012-13
Shelby County allows later times in 20 schools not using buses
State Office of Research & Accountability Exploring Later Start Times
Carrollton-Farmers Branch schools move hs later
Garland ISD looking at later high school start times
Considered moving all high schools to 8:45 am or later starts, in part to save $, in part because research supported the move (2012)
Salt Lake City
Three high schools that moved to 7:55 a.m. from 7:30 a.m. start times in 2011-12 are now planning to return to early start times.
Pushed back hs by 1 hour in 2011-12 to 8:45 am
Delegate introduces bill to start public instruction after 8:00am (2013)
PTA passes resolution on later school start times & sleep (2006)
Board Revisits School Start Times
HS to start at 9am in 2012-13
Exploring scenarios to start high schools later (2013)
State PTA passes resolution to support healthy start times
Moses Lake School District
Board plans to have classes start earlier (7 am) and end later (5 pm) starting in 2014-15 school year
Northshore School District
Later start times considered at BOE meeting 6/26/12
Considering starting HS an hour later 2012-13
Start School Later chapter & Working group formed to discuss later school start times
Start School Later Chapter formed, Whitnall High School to start 1/2 hr later in 2012-13, Greenfield HS to start 20 mins later in 2013-13
Board delays cost-savings plan to start ES earlier and MS/HS later
Proposal to start HS 20 mins earlier (7:40 instead of 8 am.)
Jackson HS in 2nd year of 3-year trial of later hs start times
The discussion of school start times is occurring all over the United States. Some school districts, like Indianapolis, IN and Wilton, CT are leading the charge in making student sleep needs a priority when setting school schedules.
Other districts are grappling with an earlier start time or deciding to shift to earlier starts as a way to cut costs.
To include the activity going on in your state, please fill out the form to the right.
We will update this page with any relevant activity as it becomes known to us.