Feb. 8, 2017: New Committee to Explore Options for Changing Start Times
Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) has created a new Start Times Steering Committee to help determine the best path forward on changing school start times.
During the Dec. 13 Board of Education meeting, the school board directed administration to develop a plan for shifting school start times, beginning with the 2018-19 school year.
Representatives were selected to participate in the Start Times Steering Committee including principals, teachers, students, parents and transportation experts (internal and external). Together, they will review sleep research and community feedback, explore options for changing school start times and examine budget, family and transportation challenges. Ultimately, they will develop leading options for the next superintendent on how best to change start times while reducing the impacts on SPPS families.
A start times steering committee was originally in place in 2014. At that time, the group recommended that the district continue to address family and community challenges in hopes of shifting start times in the future.
An update on the work will be presented to the Board of Education during its Committee of the Board meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2017 at 360 S. Colborne St.