School start time survey results released


Taking the time: Junior Harry Borislow takes the online student survey regarding new school start times. The survey was administered to all students in grades 5-12 during homeroom on March 14.

By Reese Wang, Staff Reporter

On April 5, TESD released the results of its school start time survey to gather community feedback on the proposed plan for the 2019-2020 school year to push back school start times.

The proposed start times consist of high school starting at 7:20 a.m. and ending at 2:50 p.m., middle school starting at 8:27 a.m. and ending at 3:10 p.m., and elementary school starting at 9:10 a.m. and ending at 3:45 p.m.

Surveys were given to students in grades 5-12, parents of current TESD students, and all TESD staff during the month of March.

Respondents were asked about their support for the 2019-2020 start time plan as well as their opinion on how the later start times could impact student health.

Overall, students and parents responded in favor of the plan, while TESD staff did not support the plan.

The survey results will be discussed at the Education Committee meeting on April 11, where the committee will decide whether or not to recommend it to the school board. If the Education Committee recommends it, then the school board will vote on the later start times at the April 22 school board meeting.

Reese Wang can be reached at [email protected].