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School Start Time Study Committee

 

New Start/End Times Approved for 2018-2019

The Winchester School Committee, on a 5-0 vote, approved the School Start Time Study Committee's recommendations for changes to the district's start/end times at all schools, effective September 2018.

Grade Level

Start Time

End Time

Elementary (K-5)

8:10 a.m.*

2:20 p.m.

McCall Middle (6-8)

8:30 a.m.

3:07 p.m.

Winchester High

8:30 a.m.

3:07 p.m.

PreK (Vinson-Owen)

8:25 a.m.*

Varies by program

PreK (Lynch)

8:25 a.m.*

Varies by program


*Upon reviewing a considerable amount of parent feedback regarding a proposed change in start time to 8:00 a.m. being too great  a shift for our youngest learners, we propose moving the elementary start time as late as possible for this group and still maintain morning busing routes. Preschool has also been shifted a bit later than earlier proposed times to accommodate our very youngest learners and coordinate parent drop-offs at multiple schools within the district.


Please note: The School Start Time Study Committee (SST) presented a recommendation to change school start times to the Winchester School Committee on Tuesday, January 30th, at 7 p.m. in the McCall Middle School Auditorium. This was a regular school committee meeting and included a public comment segment after the SST committee presented their report. 

School Start Time Presentation to School Committee


School Start Time Considerations


Here are the committee's recommended times:

2018-2019 Proposed Start/End Times

 

Grade Level

Start Time

End Time

Elementary (K-5)

8:10 a.m.*

2:20 p.m.

McCall Middle (6-8)

8:30 a.m.

3:07 p.m.

Winchester High

8:30 a.m.

3:07 p.m.

PreK (Vinson-Owen)

8:25 a.m.*

Varies by program

PreK (Lynch)

8:25 a.m.*

Varies by program


*Upon reviewing a considerable amount of parent feedback regarding a proposed change in start time to 8:00 a.m. being too great  a shift for our youngest learners, we propose moving the elementary start time as late as possible for this group and still maintain morning busing routes. Preschool has also been shifted a bit later than earlier proposed times to accommodate our very youngest learners and coordinate parent drop-offs at multiple schools within the district.


Please click here to share your thoughts on the proposed change in start/end times:  School Start Time Comments.


Members of the School Start Time Study Committee, the superintendent, and/or school committee members met with parent groups in January 2018 to provide an update and answer questions:

Lynch School 1/17 7 p.m.
Lincoln School 1/18 at 8:30 a.m.

Muraco School 1/18 7 p.m.
Vinson-Owen School 1/22 8 a.m.
McCall Middle School 1/23 9:00 a.m.
Ambrose School 1/24 8:45 a.m.
Winchester High School 1/24 7:00 p.m.



Winchester Public Schools

School Start Time Study Committee

The research on secondary school start times is clear and compelling, and the district has convened a School Start Time Study Committee to review this topic and make a recommendation to the school committee for possible changes to our school start times for 2018-2019.

Here are some important facts about secondary school start times:

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics, The Centers for Disease Control, and the American Medical Association all support middle and high school start times after 8:30 a.m.
  • The twelve members of the Middlesex League Superintendents' group last year agreed to support later secondary start times and ensure limited impact on athletics.
  • The Brookings Institute economists reported that improved school performance as a result of later start times has significant and lasting economic benefits.
  • Teens with later school start times get more sleep, are sleeping at the right time, and are more awake and alert for learning.
  • Adequate sleep improves learning, memory, mood, and performance in school, sports, and other activities.
  • Districts with later start times reported less depression among students.

The committee will review research, conduct surveys, hold public forum(s), identify concerns, and develop a recommendation and implementation plan for school committee consideration by 2/1/18.  

Committee Members

Students:
Jackson Savage
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Splaine
 
Teacher/Administrator:
Irene Diamond
Frances Wooff
Jen Lassins
Jaime Bailey
Anna Paradis
Leigh Petrowsky
Dennis Mahoney
 
Parents/Community
Sarah Girotti
Mark Micciche
Patrick Gill
Michelle Bergstrom


 School Start Time Study Group Meeting Dates

October 18, 2017 3 to 4:30 p.m.

November 1, 2017   6 to 7:30 p.m.

November 15, 2017  3 to 4:30 p.m.

December 7, 2017  6 to 7:30 p.m.

January 4, 2018   3 to 4:30 p.m.

January 30, 2018 7 p.m.  (School Committee Presentation)