Here are some recent start time changes and proposals that have come to our attention. See also the more detailed and inclusive list of schools recently delaying start times on Dennis Nolan's excellent school start times website.
For schools that have succeeded in finding ways to run class at safe and healthy hours, see SUCCESS STORIES.
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.
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We will update this page with any relevant activity as it becomes known to us.
Phenix City Sending the early grades to school 45 minutes earlier and middle and high school students an hour and 15 minutes later starting in fall 2014, Superintendent Wilkes says the later start time for older students is an effort to increase student success.
Cottonwood Mingus Union High School District has moved it start time to 8:40am beginning during the 2011-2012 school year.
Nevada County Most high school students in Nevada County are used to an early wake-up call on school days, often catching the bus or hopping in the car as dawn breaks to be in their seats when the first bell rings at 7:30 a.m. But Nevada Joint Union High School District officials are considering moving that first bell back to 8:30 a.m. (4/11/15)
FL chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics issue position statement: all schools should start after 8 am
Hernando County Proposal to change start times by up to 90 minutes, with high schools moving even earlier (7:05 am starts) & middle schools 95 minutes later, starting at 9:15 and ending at 4:15 p.m. or 4:25 p.m.
Savannah A two year experiment (through 2016) to measure outcome of moving 11 of its high schools to later bell times led to data that showed worsened behavioral and academic outcomes in the first year according to school officials (1/16/16)
Meridian To save money on buses, this district will starts its high schools ten minutes earlier (at 7:35 a.m.) starting in the fall of 2014, while starting middle schools a full half hour later (8:35 a.m.) and elementaries at 9:10 a.m.
Barrington Task force is studying the possibility of moving Barrington High School's Start time to later in the morning. (1/14/15)
Chicago Magnet school wants to move 8:30 am opening even later to save money on buses.
Monroe County Community School Corporation The final three scenarios would start in the 2016-17 school year and were met with mixed views from the school board, but ultimately, Superintendent Judy DeMuth will decide how the district will move forward.DeMuth outlined her priorities, saying the first was student safety, the second was shortening the elementary day length, next was making every day of school start and end at the same time, and last was starting school later for middle and high school students. (2/10/16) Noblesville Options to save money by moving from a 2- to a 3-tier bus system include several ways to start middle and high schools later, as well as a plan to start all schools after 7:50 a.m. However, they decided NOT to change start times in Dec. 2014 due to "budget concerns." (12/17/14)
Northwestern Consolidated School District With an emphasis on addressing adolescent sleep deprivation, the Northwestern Consolidated School District Board of Trustees began deliberations Wednesday night about moving school start times for the 2015-16 school year. (3/12/15)
South Bend District is considering increasing the instructional day for primary students and starting middle and high schools at 9 am to support the research regarding adolescent sleep starting in the 2015-16 school year. It also says later hours would prompt more students to eat breakfast before leaving home. (4/30/15)
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 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.
Davenport After considerable back and forth, Davenport IA votes to delay high school start times to after 8 am
Iowa City he Iowa City Community School Board voted 7-0 to start elementary school at 7:55 a.m. and start junior high and high school at 8:50 a.m. This means elementary school will end at 2:55 p.m. while secondary school will end at 4 p.m. beginning in Fall 2016. (2/10/16)
Emporia Unified School District #253 A proposed start time of 8 a.m. with dismissal between 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. is being considered, with some board members advocating 8:30 am starts. (4/23/15)
Currently, Emporia High School students start classes at 7:48 a.m. The proposed 8 a.m. start time would only be 12 minutes later.
Fayette County 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. Jessamine County Cut down on "passing time" and saved on bus expenses
Canton The Canton School Committee decided to shelve its earlier decision to alter the start times at the middle and high schools in order to show the Finance Committee a good faith effort toward closing its nearly $1 million budget gap. (4/4/15)
Dennis-Yarmouth Exploring the possibility of moving high school start times later (12/4/14)
Dover-Sherborn In response to a recent recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and in the interest of student wellness and achievement, the Superintendent of the Dover, Sherborn, and DoverSherborn Regional School Districts created a committee to research and explore school start time options, with an emphasis on later school start times for at least the middle and high school. (Updated 12/1/14)
Newton The options are still being drafted, but the group is looking to push start times — now 7:50 a.m. at Newton North and 7:40 a.m. at Newton South — to possibly as late as 9 a.m. A public forum on the issue is scheduled at Newton North on Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (1/22/16)
Weston High School Superintendent Cheryl Maloney led the charge to shift start time from 7:30am to 8:00am by freeing up free slots during the middle of the day. “It’s not something that can be fixed by saying, well, they should be going to bed earlier,” Erica Cole, a high school assistant principal and a member of the start-time committee, said, adding that research shows students’ bodies and minds do not allow them to “power down” until a certain time. So far efforts have been thwarted by logistical complications. (Updated 12/1/14)
Redford A plan to add 15 minutes to the instructional day at Beech Elementary next school year could result in a change in the start and end times at all Redford Union schools, including moving high school starts from 7:30 am to 7 am. (3/10/15)
Saginaw District leaders are considering switching from seven to six periods each day and starting a little later. (2/25/15)
Tenafly A district committee is looking at the possibility of restructuring start times for high school students as research continues to show the benefits of a later school day for teens. (3/12/15)
Tom's River Regional Schools Exploring options for pushing back the start times by approximately 30 minutes for some schools in the district for the 2016-17 school year (12/11/14)
Albuquerque Proposals to start high school even earlier are being considered (4/28/15)
Buffalo Considering switching hs & elem school start times
Champlain (NCCS) Staggered start times proposed to save $ and help middle & HS students
Coxsackie Coxsackie School District is finalizing plans to begin 15 minutes later at all buildings starting in Feb 2015 citing medical evidence on sleep patterns supporting start times after 8:30 am. and saying it will give them extra time with teachers and more time for crews to plow snowy roads in the winter. (12/5/14)
Onteora At the request of the Onteora Board of Education, a committee of parents, administrators and staff is studying what it will take to put about 700 middle and high school students on a later schedule beginning next fall. The Kingston and Rondout Valley districts plan to begin similar discussions.
Saratoga Springs Board of Education voted unanimously to study the possibility of moving high school start times later (12/9/14). Start School Later chapter
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Citing health benefits, Unionville-Chadds Ford school directors are considering a proposal to start the school day for high school students up to an hour later. (4/22/15)
Mercer Island Joint High School Start-Time Committee formed in Dec 2014 between Bellevue School District & Mercer Island School District exploring possible implications of changing start times. Recommendations are tp be submitted to the superintendents no later than June 30, 2015. (3/16/15)
Northshore School District Later start times considered at BOE meeting 6/26/12. Study planned for spring 2015 (12/6/14). In January 2015 they voted unanimously to look at implementing a later start no later than 2017 (when boundary changes and a new grade reconfiguration will take place) and agreed that a start of 8 to 8.30 a.m. is their priority. (1/14/15)
Spokane Spokane Public Schools’ board of directors voted unanimously to move elementary school start times earlier to 8:30am and push back middle school start times to 9 am. The schedule change is the result of the district’s decision to extend K-6 students’ school day by 30 minutes and will have no impact on the high school starting time of 8am. (3/12/15)
Monongalia County School officials are exploring the idea of starting school later for high school students. (1/26/15)