Saint Paul Public Schools engaged in a year-long process of conversation, research and analysis to consider shifting secondary start times. See the links below for background about the initiative.
UPDATE: Nov. 17, 2015: The Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Education on Nov. 17 voted to not change start times for the 2016-17 school year. Read more ...
UPDATE: Oct. 6, 2015: Saint Paul Public Schools leaders presented their leading recommendation to keep current school start times for the 2016-17 school year. SPPS also presented two alternative options to the Board of Education at the Oct. 6 Committee of the Board meeting. SPPS would like to continue working with Metro Transit for a possible expansion to other schools in the future. Read more...
UPDATE: Sept. 8, 2015: Johnson Senior High was selected to pilot an 8:30 a.m. start time in fall 2015, with the additional benefit of using Metro Transit to get to and from school. This pilot program is a direct result of feedback received during our Rethinking School Start Times engagement process. Learn more about the program.
UPDATE: Oct. 14, 2014: The Board of Education voted 4 to 3 to approve the recommendation made to Superintendent Silva by the School Start Times Steering Committee.
UPDATE: Oct. 13, 2014: During the 2013-14 school year, a Steering Committee led the process of gathering information and feedback from teachers, students, parents, principals and community programs to make a recommendation about whether or not SPPS should shift secondary schools to later start times.
Read the Steering Committee's final 2014 Recommendation Report.
Results of an earlier start time for elementary schools
Results of a later start time for secondary schools
*Source: Examining the Impact of Later High School Start Times on the Health and Academic Performance of High School Students: A Multi-Site Study, Kyla L. Wahlstrom, Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
Family and Student Based
Family and Student Based
Examining the Impact of Later High School Start Times on the Health and Academic Performance of High School Students
When the Bell Tolls: The Effects of School Starting Times on Academic Achievement
Impact of School Start Time on Student Learning
Elementary Feedback on Changed Start Times
ARTICLE: When Worlds Collide Adolescent Need for Sleep Versus Societal Demands
ARTICLE: The Impact of School Start Time on Family Life
ARTICLE: The Consequences of Insufficient Sleep for Adolescents
ARTICLE: Changing Times: Findings From the First Longitudinal Study of Later High School Start Times
ARTICLE: Starting Time and School Life: Reflections from Educators and Students
Saint Paul School Board Studies New Start-Time Proposals (Pioneer Press 10/21/15)
Lack Of Transportation Keeps Saint Paul Schools From Later Start Times (WCCO 10/7/15)
Saint Paul Hits Roadblock in Bid to Push Back High School Start Times (Star Tribune 10/7/15)
Saint Paul Hits Snag In Implementing Later High School Start Times (Pioneer Press 10/7/15)
Saint Paul Schools Not Ready to Change Start Times (Minnesota Public Radio 10/6/15)
Districts Take Closer Look at School Start Times (KARE 11 9/8/15)
Panel Urges No Start Time Changes in Saint Paul Schools (Star Tribune 10/5/14)
Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early (The Atlantic 8/25/14)
U.S. Doctors Urge Later School Start Times for Teens (The Washington Post 8/25/14)
More Schools Consider Later Start Times For Teenagers (The Wall Street Journal 8/25/14)
Pediatricians Officially Want High Schools To Start Later (The Huffington Post 8/28/14)
St. Paul Schools Consider Start Time Changes (KARE 11)
St. Paul Weighing Later High School and Middle School Start Times (Star Tribune)
Officials Consider Pushing Back Start Time At St. Paul Schools (WCCO)
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