40 samoset rd, winchester, ma 01890

School Start Time Study Committee

Please click here to share your thoughts on the proposed change in start/end times:  School Start Time Comments
or e-mail the study committee directly at winchesterstarttimes@gmail.com.

Members of the School Start Time Study Committee, the superintendent, and/or school committee members will meet 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

Jackson Savage
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Splaine
Irene Diamond
Frances Wooff
Jen Lassins
Jaime Bailey
Anna Paradis
Leigh Petrowsky
Dennis Mahoney
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)