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Your School’s Start Time for Fall 2019

Published by Saint Paul Public Schools June 13, 2019

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After years of discussion, planning and community feedback, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is changing school start times this fall.

You can review the full list of school start times here.

The later start time for secondary students reflects sleep research that shows benefits for teenagers who start school later in the morning. The SPPS Board of Education voted to accept the plan in October 2017. The changes generally include:

  • Changing the start times for secondary schools to 8:30 a.m.
  • Switching most elementary schools that currently start at 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
  • Keeping 9:30 a.m. elementary schools at their current start time

SPPS understands that this change will affect every family differently. Throughout the process, we reviewed several challenges for families including an increased need for child care, safety to and from the bus stops and availability of athletics facilities for high school students.

Child Care
You can find more information at, including a list of child care providers, financial assistance opportunities, and activity and program finders for locations near you.

The SPPS Transportation Department has reviewed bus stops and travel paths to support student safety. Additionally, schools will teach students about pedestrian safety and elementary students will be provided with a flashing blinker light to attach to their backpack.

SPPS continues to work closely with the City of Saint Paul to refine fall, winter and spring sports schedules at facilities across the city. No major issues are expected for the availability of athletics facilities.

For the latest information about 2019-20 school start times, visit