Dec. 12, 2016: Updated Information About the Scheduled Vote on School Start Times
The Board of Education is scheduled to vote about school start times tomorrow, Dec. 13. To clarify, they will not vote on a specific plan. Rather, they will vote to direct the district to continue its work to achieve later start times for secondary schools. This would begin with the 2018-19 school year.
The Board has finalized its proposal and is scheduled to vote on the following:
The SPPS Board of Education directs the Superintendent to develop a plan to change school start times, with implementation beginning in the 2018-19 school year. The objective of the change is to align school start times with the health and academic best interests of SPPS students.
The restructured system will impact the entire SPPS system and city; therefore, robust community engagement must be conducted to inform, support, and receive feedback from the SPPS community. Changes to the system must consider the following areas:
- Alignment to research-based recommendations,
- Budget implications,
- Expanded childcare needs,
- Student safety,
- Strategic alignment,
- Opportunities for expansion of Metro Transit partnership
If you would like to address the Board, you may sign up to speak at the public comment portion at the Board of Education meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. Please sign up in advance at spps.org/publiccomment or by calling the Secretary to the Board at 651-767-8149 before 4 p.m. the day of the meeting. Please note that spots for public comment are limited. The regular Board of Education meeting will start promptly at 6:05 p.m.