SPS proposes 9:40 start time for Stevens

In 2014, based upon research that shows teenagers may benefit from later school start times, SPS began work to analyze the costs and benefits of starting middle and high schools later in the morning. Presumably elementary schools would start earlier or stay the same.

That doesn’t appear to be how it would turn out for Stevens and 19 other elementary schools. This┬áproposal does NOT take into account further impacts from adding 20 minutes of instructional time starting in 2017/2018.

SPS is taking public comments NOW, with final approval expected in Oct/Nov.

IMPACTS:

  • Stevens parents and guardians generally work full time–many would NOT be able to get to work on time or work a full day with a 9:40 AM start.
  • Stevens only has two buses–serving a small fraction of our students–so parents will bear the burden and financial cost.
  • Steven’s after-school enrichment program–which offers a wide range of activities such as chess, computer programming, robotics, jump-rope, visual arts, gardening, and exercise–would likely cease; 4pm is too late to start for younger kids, and before-school.
  • Kids will be going home in the dark for many months–a safety concern for many families.
  • Our school time will be adjusted once again in 2017. It doesn’t make sense to put our families through this two years in a row.

The PTA will be circulating a petition opposing this change. Watch for that, or contact the Superintendent and School Board directly.

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