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.
Here are schools planning to shift middle and/or high school start times later for the 2016-17 school year that have come to our attention: California: Morago Middle School Florida: Leon County Schools (offering OPTIONAL late arrival) Illinois: Normal (Unit 5) Indiana: Monroe County Community Schools Iowa: Iowa City Maine: Biddeford, Saco, Dayton, Orchard Beach districts, plus the Thornton Academy Massachusetts: Canton and Hanover Michigan: Ewen-Trouth Creek Schools Minnesota: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools, Wayzata North Carolina: Durham Rhode Island: East Greenwich South Carolina: Charleston County Vermont: Bennington Virginia: Montgomery County Washington: Bellevue, Seattle
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.
Albany Unified Piloting a shift to later high school bell times in 2014, considering elimination of middle school zero hour. (2014)
El Centro 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
Folsom-Cordova Unified School Districtis preparing to study whether starting high school classes later would make senese. (2/18/15)is preparing to study whether starting high school classes later would make senese. (2/18/15)
Morago Middle School Waving goodbye to a 48-year tradition, the Moraga School District's middle school will shift in Fall 2016 to an 8:30 a.m. starting time. The 40-minute change to the bell schedule will have students dismissed at 3 p.m.; seventh-grade students taking Z period will finish their days at 3:49 p.m.
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) - though not without delays (2-19-16)
Cape Henlopen Following a decision to change start times to allow teens more sleep, the district has decided to keep current schedules and perhaps keep looking for a better solution. (3/11/16)
District of Columbia
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.
Leon County As a first step toward later high school start times for all, the Board of Education voted to give all high school students the option of skipping first period and staying late to make it up. (2/23/16)
Osceola County District was proposing changing school start times: High school classes that started as early as 7:00am 15 minutes later except at Osceola HS, which will join the other high schools in the same tier. Middle schools being pushed back to 9:15 a.m. (4/10/16). However, they board chose not to adopt this revised schedule even though it would have saved $420,000 in bus routes and drivers. (4/23/16)
Marietta Community input is being sought on allowing students to begin their Marietta school days 30 to 40 minutes later each day but ending at the same time. (3/24/16) Survey shows strong support for later middle and high school start times, although current proposal would only start them at 7:45 a.m. (4/17/16)
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.
Twin Falls After deciding to start high schools later based on sleep research, decision was made to move middle schools 13 minutes earlier, to 7:30 a.m. bell times. (5/29/16)
Arlington Heights Plan to push high school start times back about an hour starting in 2017-18 school year. (5/9/16)
Barrington Task force is studying the possibility of moving Barrington High School's Start time to later in the morning or staggering start times (4/7/16)
Chicago Magnet school wants to move 8:30 am opening even later to save money on buses.
Normal (Unit 5) The district is looking to cut back on the number of buses to save $1.3 million per year. Superintendent Mark Daniel told @WJBC's Scott Laughlin the plan recommended by a committee of parents and educators pushes back the start of high school to 8:25 a.m. and the close to 3:30 p.m. while elementary schools would begin at 7:40 a.m. and end at 2:25 p.m. (2/22/16) Plan to flip start times was approved on 3/16/16 with elementary schools to start first, high schools next at 8:30 a.m., and finally junior high schools.
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)
Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) The school day for the Monroe County Community School Corp. in 2016-17 will be 30 minutes shorter for elementary students and start 20 minutes later for secondary school learners. The local Start School Later chapter will continue to work for even later secondary school start times. (2/24/16)
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 planned to start @ 8:35 AM in 2014-2015, 50 min later than current 7:45 AM start time for Wabash HS & MS.
Warrick County Considering later start times based on CDC findings about teen sleep deprivation and risky behaviors. (4/19/16)
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
Biddeford Citing a desire to give students a better chance to learn, the school committees of Biddeford, Saco and Dayton plus Thornton Academy agreed Wednesday to push back the start times for middle and high school students to 8:30 a.m. or later.Middle and high school students in those towns now start school between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. The change will begin with the fall semester. (4/7/16)
Dayton Citing a desire to give students a better chance to learn, the school committees of Biddeford, Saco and Dayton plus Thornton Academy agreed Wednesday to push back the start times for middle and high school students to 8:30 a.m. or later.Middle and high school students in those towns now start school between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. The change will begin with the fall semester. (4/7/16)
Orchard Beach (RSU23) At the RSU 23 School Board meeting June 16th, 2016, the Board unanimously voted to change school hours, based on the Start School Later initiative, such that preK-5 will run from 8-2:15 and grades 6-12 will run from 8:30-2:45. (6/20/16)
Portland Considering plan to start high schools even earlier (7:45 instead of 8 am) to extend school day. (2/24/15)
Saco Start School Later chapter. Citing a desire to give students a better chance to learn, the school committees of Biddeford, Saco and Daytonplus Thornton Academy agreed Wednesday to push back the start times for middle and high school students to 8:30 a.m. or later.Middle and high school students in those towns now start school between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. The change will begin with the fall semester. (4/7/16)
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)
East Longmeadow Community interest
Easton Middle & high school will move to 7:55 a.m. starts - the latest by far in the region - beginning in 2016-17 school year. (4/12/16)
Monomoy Regional School District Superintendent has proposed a move from the current 7:55 a.m. start time by flipping elementary and high school starts. If accepted, this proposal would mean starting elementary schools would start at 8:00 A.M. and the middle school and high school at 8:55 A.M. No changes to be made until at least 2017-18 school year. (6/7/16)
Newton Multiple options are being considered to alter bell times, ranging from high schools starting at 8 a.m., just 10 minutes later than Newton North’s current time, to starting as late as 9 a.m. (6/21/16)
North Andover In school year 2011-12, the superintendent proposed moving school start times were moved 20 minutes, to 7:43 a.m. In April 2016 the school committee raised the issue again, proposing another look at the feasibility of a change. (4/20/16)
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)
Wilmington Talking with other area districts about ways to start schools later (3/15/16) and undertaking a study to determine feasibility (4/20/16)
Ewen-Trout Creek School District Joined with other area districts Wednesday in approving a later school starting time for the 2016-'17 school year this fall. Students in grades sixth through 12th will have an advisory period in the morning from 8:35 a.m. to 8:52 a.m ., with classes to begin at 8:55 a.m. Elementary students will begin classes at 8:35 a.m. (4/23/16) Huron Valley Community petitioning for later high school start times. (4/18/16)
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)
Nevada Joint Union Change to later high school start time being considered for as soon as the 2015-16 school year. (5/1/15)
Dover District consider later start times for all levels (4/12/16)
Hollis Brookline (HB Coop) Reviewing a student-led proposal to push back the start time of classes, based on research that says a later opening could be better for the mental and physical development of young adults. (5/23/16)
Keene SLEEP in Keene Committee is working to push back high school start times (12/4/14)
Plaistow Ongoing community conversations about moving start times later at Timberlane Regional High School (3/14/16)
Portsmouth School leaders looking for ways to start middle and high school later (1/18/16)
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 later back in 2010 were postponed, to be followed by proposals to start high school even earlier and an eventually decision to start five minutes earlier (5/23/15)
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.
Pittsford Briefly considered moving 7:40 a.m. starts even earlier to 7:25 a.m., but nixed the idea a few weeks later. (5/9/16)
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
Dunmore School District Starting in the fall of 2016, high school students will begin class at 7:40 a.m., 42 minutes earlier than the current start time of 8:22 a.m. The school day will end at 2:28 p.m. — 47 minutes earlier than the current year’s 3:15 p.m. dismissal time. Lunch periods are shortened from 47 minutes to 30 minutes. (4/21/16)
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)
Waynesboro Citing studies showing the benefits to student achievement and attendance in secondary schools with start times after 8:30 a.m., school officials surveyed community about starting all schools 30 minutes later. Middle- and high-school classes now start at 7:38 a.m., and elementary schools start at 8:50 a.m. (4/15/16). However, citing survey results, they then decided to keep the status quo. (4/28/16)
Westerly Considering delaying the current 7:55am-1:55pm high school day as recommended by the AAP, CDC, and AMA. (7/17/16)
Charleston County Widespread parental concern about too-early as well as too-late bell times for all ages. (4/28/15) In an attempt to fix some chronically late bus routes, the Charleston County School District announced new bell schedules for 48 of its 61 schools and programs, with an effort to avoid starting high schools too early but starting some elementaries over an hour earlier at 7:30 a.m. and some middle schools just past 7 a.m. (6/21/16)
Dorchester County District 2 plans to move high schools from 7:25 am to 8:55 am starts beginning in 2015-16 school year w/minor changes to elementary & middle schools and at no cost (12/8/14)
Georgetown County 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
Chittenden South Supervisory Union (CSSU) Proposed school day schedule change for 2016-17 school year, the early release-late start professional development/educational improvement model, is intended to optimize the benefits of teachers’ professional development time. High school students will have a morning time adjustment because research shows that teens show academic, social, and emotional benefits from starting school later in the morning. (4/14/16)
Montgomery County School Board working to find a way to move both middle and high schools later in the day (3/16/16) In April 2016, they voted unanimously on the new times Tuesday night for middle and high schools will start 8:05, about 20 minutes later than the current start time. Elementary schools will start 15 minutes later, beginning at 9:15.This is slated to take effect in August 2016. (4/5/16) Right now elementary school hours are 9:00 - 3:30, middle school hours are 7:40 - 2:25, and high school hours are 7:50 - 2:35.
Richmond Richmond Schools Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden says a later start time could not only help student performance but also save the schools money (1/22/15)
Southhampton The Southampton Public School Board has discussed the possibility of starting the school day later beginning in 2015-16. (2/20/15)
Bellingham Plans under consideration to find ways to change school schedules to give teens more sleep. (3/17/16)
Evergreen School District Evergreen Public Schools will push high school start times back later in the morning beginning in the fall of 2016. Citing studies about teenage sleep patterns and improved academic performance, plus requests from parents, the district will have high school students start about an hour later than the current time. Elementary and middle school start times will shift only slightly. (2/22/16)
Highline Surveying community to see if they should push back bell times to meet AAP Recommendations. (4/18/16)
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)
Seattle Changing to later middle and high school start times in 2016-17 school year.
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)